Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned breezed four furlongs in
:50 3/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center Thursday morning. It was the
first workout for the 5-year-old son of E Dubai since stumbling and
falling two jumps out of the gate at the start of the $300,000
Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 9.
“He went good. I just wanted a light work to see where he was.
Everything’s really good,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “He listened to the
rider. He responded when he was asked to finish it off a little bit. So
I’m very happy.”
Fort Larned, who grabbed a quarter in the incident in his 2013 debut, returned to the racetrack last weekend.
Wilkes said a start in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3) at Gulfstream on Florida Derby Day, March 30, would be “very remote.”
“We’ll probably go in the Oaklawn Handicap (April 13),” Wilkes said.