among the favorites for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward at
Saratoga Race Course, will be scratched from the race, said trainer Ian
worked great Monday morning and jogged and walked fine Tuesday and
Wednesday," the trainer said of Fort Larned, most recently fifth in the
Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap. "This morning, he was not 100
percent in his training. He was a little off behind. It's not serious,
possibly a pulled muscle, but when you are competing against horses on
this level, you have to be 100 percent."
said the next likely start for Fort Larned, winner of the 2012
Breeders' Cup Classic, would be the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold
Cup on September 28 at Belmont Park.
"We'll wait for that and go from there," said Wilkes.
the defection of Fort Larned, who had been expected to be on or close
to the pace, Eric Donovan, oddsmaker for The New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA), made Paynter the 2-1 favorite for the 1
Successful Dan is 5-2, followed by Flat Out (3-1), Mucho Macho Man (9-2), Ron the Greek (8-1) and Alpha (12-1).
Along with the Grade 1 Forego and the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, the Woodward it will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network.