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Fort Larned 'ready to run' in Gulfstream Park Handicap
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Fort Larned completed preparations for his much-anticipated 2013 debut in the Gulfstream Park Handicap by breezing five furlongs in 1:01.30 on a very chilly Monday morning at Palm Meadows. Fort Larned completed his final quarter in 24 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20, according to clocker Bryan Walls.
Fort Larned will carry high weight of 124 pounds in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap.
“I’m happy the way he’s come along, he’s been training well,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “He’s ready to run. It’s a lot of weight, but I sort of expected we’d get 123 or 124 pounds. It’s fine.”
Fort Larned carried 126 pounds to his half-length victory over Mucho Macho Man in the BC Classic.
Only four other horses – Fort Loudon (118), Swagger Jack (117), Discreet Dancer (115), and Ducduc (115) – have been confirmed to face Fort Larned on Saturday.
Fort Loudon and Discreet Dancer are sprinters. If they go hard for the first mile Fort Larned will clean up!!!
Mark I watch racing. I saw Mucho Macho lose last out. Animal Kingdom lose last out. Went the day well, etc..... The list goes on and on and on. Fort Larned isn't Cigar. Spectacular bid, by any imagination ... Isn't his fault racing is weak but I have friends who talk like you and are broke. None of us have tomorrow's newspaper. Once again these are animals.
It would have been a real treat to see Wise Dan's name dropped in the box for this race. I know there are those that think he may be strictly turf but Dan proved he can run over dirt as well last year at Churchill just barely missing. You can bet when Charlie Lopresti has him ready he won't duck Fort Larned if the money is right. Call me crazy......
Think with all of the great races Fort Larned ran last year,people forget about his win in the mile and three sixteenth SKIP AWAY where he set the track record at Gulfstream,earning a 108 beyer...think his love of this track and average competition will more than compensate for his four month layoff...easy victory! At some point this year,I think alot of fans would love to see a match race between the dude and fort larned,would be great for the sport! ML
Did Zito get busted?
discreet dancer gonna crush this field. speed kills
Fort Larned wins the most important race in the country, carrying 126 pounds a mile and a quarter. Coming back he gets 124 going a mile. Handicaps have become a farcical misnomer and should be scrapped, especially in graded races.
Saturday, he should be 1-9 against this group.
I still want to thank Fort Larned for the more than paid for trip to Santa Anita this past fall from New Jersey.
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