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FORT LARNED, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Ian Wilkes, wins the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 3, 2012.

Trainer Ian Wilkes reported Sunday morning that Fort Larned came out of his fall at the start of $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) with a grabbed quarter. Otherwise, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic victor seemed to have escaped further injury after stumbling and falling heavily to the track in his 2013 debut Saturday.

“He’s walking good this morning. We’ll keep a close eye on him a couple more days to make sure nothing else comes up. Otherwise, he looked good this morning,” Wilkes said. “He grabbed a quarter. It wasn’t too bad. It could have been a lot worse.”

Two jumps out of the starting gate, the 5-year-old star, who was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, stumbled badly and tumbled to the ground, unseating jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., who escaped injury.

“You don’t like to get started like that,” Wilkes said. “Hopefully, we got all the bad luck out of the way and we just moving ahead. You had this race mapped out for four months and you know your horse is on the top of his game and ready to run. It was just a bad step. He was too sharp out of the box. It’s just one of those things in racing.”

As disheartening as he found the incident to be, Wilkes was able to count his blessings Sunday morning.

“How lucky do we get? The horse fell on his head; he’s lucky he didn’t really hurt himself. He could have ripped his whole heel off or he could have broken his leg. The way he fell, his whole head hit the ground,” Wilkes said.

Churchill Downs spring meeting would be a likely spot for Fort Larned’s return to action, but his trainer is concentrating on the immediate future with the son of E Dubai.

”I just want to make sure he’s OK. The next few days we’ll keep a close eye on him and we’ll evaluate where we’re at,” Wilkes said. “You just want to be sure he’s 110 percent before you start making plans.”



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Older Comments about Fort Larned Doing Well After Saturday Tumble...

The sub 5 second 1/16 caught my attention.
good article about his speed segmentally...http://www.followhorseracing.com/en/the-latest/blogs/2013/03/11/so-how-fast-did-fort-larned-run/

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