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Fort Larned Breezes for Whitney

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned had his penultimate tune-up Saturday morning for his title defense in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap, breezing five furlongs in 1:03.81 over the main track.

 

“It was a little slower than what I wanted, but the track was a little dead this morning, and it was a work to set up a work,” said Ian Wilkes, who trains Fort Larned for owner Janis Whitham. “We’ll come back [next week] and get a major work with him off this.”

 

Fort Larned, who earned his first Grade 1 in last year’s 1 1/8-mile Whitney, enters this year’s edition off a eye-catching 6 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15 at Churchill Downs. It was the 5-year-old’s first win since the 2012 Classic, having lost his rider two strides out of the gate in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 9 and then finishing a non-threatening fifth in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap a month later.

 

“The first one, the stumble, that was a thing which took more out of him than you think,” said Wilkes. “If I’d stuck with my original plan [and not run at Oaklawn] that would be fine, but I could second-guess myself all day long.

 

“He got a lot out of his last race,” he added. “He ran fast [1:47.45] and the track wasn’t a fast track that night.”

 

Wilkes is also supervising Grade 2 Jim Dandy hopeful Looking Cool, trained by his former boss, the semi-retired Hall of Famer Carl Nafzger, who won the 2007 Jim Dandy and Travers with Street Sense.

 

“He worked yesterday [4 furlongs, 49.77] and will work again either Monday or Tuesday,” said Wilkes of Looking Cool, winner of the Grade 3 Iowa Derby last time out. “Carl is enjoying this one. It’s always fun to have a 3-year-old.”

 

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