Ticker
  • In a pouring rain, Harmonize rolls on by to a big win in the With AnticipationPosted 3 hours ago
  • Azar gets there late to win Saratoga's With Anticipation.Posted 1 day ago
  • High Noon Rider wins the Better Talk Now as the longest shot on the board.Posted 3 days ago
  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 4 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 5 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 5 days ago
  • Runhappy runs them off their feet in the Grade 1 King's Bishop.Posted 5 days ago
  • Unbridled Forever storms to victory in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 5 days ago

Fort Loudon Set for Gulfstream Park 'Cap

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Coming off a game and sharp triumph in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G3), Fort Loudon is scheduled to step up in distance and class Saturday. The Nick Zito-trained 4-year-old, who’ll be asked to stretch out from seven furlongs to a mile, is set to clash with Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Fort Larned in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2).

“The race is ideal for him. These are the kind of races this particular horse likes to run in. Hopefully, he stays the way he was last time. I don’t see a reason why not because he’s had some great weeks,” trainer Nick Zito said.

Fort Loudon has raced twice in a one-turn mile race, a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Holy Bull (G1) at Gulfstream and a second-place finish behind Neck n Neck in the 2012 Ack Ack Handicap (G3).

Fort Loudon has run three times at the Gulfstream Park meeting, finishing second against Bahamian Squall in the $100,000 Sunshine State at six furlongs and a distant third behind Ron the Greek in the Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8 miles before capturing the Gulfstream Sprint.

“He’s tough as nails. He’s going to have to be, obviously,” Zito said. “I’m happy the way he’s training and acts the way he acts. He usually comes to run all the time.”
Fort Loudon is scheduled to be in receipt of six pounds from 124-pound highweight Fort Larned in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

“It helps him if they’re going to the wire together. If he happens to be in a head duel like he was last time, it’ll help,” Zito said. “I hope it’s between the two Forts.”

Jose Lezcano has the return mount aboard the Florida-bred son of Awesome of Course.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories