fifth as the favorite after a slow start in the Grade 1 Whitney
Invitational Handicap last time out, breezed a solid five furlongs
Monday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward.
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire
With jockey Brian Hernandez flying in from Kentucky
for the move, Fort Larned went out shortly after 6:30 a.m. and was
clocked in 1:00.86 on the main track.
Trainer Ian Wilkes caught the 5-year-old son of E Dubai galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
“It was a nice work, and I’m very pleased with it,”
said Wilkes. “The only thing I can control is my horse, and I’m happy
Wilkes is taking a slightly different path than last year to Santa Anita for the defending Breeders’ Cup Classic star. In 2012,
Fort Larned won the Whitney and then used the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 29 at
Park – his eighth start of the year – as his final prep for the 1 ¼-mile Classic.
Larned has run four times, with his lone victory coming in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15 at Churchill Downs.
“Last year he was running all year,” said Wilkes. “I
feel this year he needs more racing. After this, we’re definitely going
to look at the Jockey Club Gold
Cup [September 28].”