Apparently Fort Larned, the 2012 Breeder’s Cup Classic Winner, knows how to race with or without his jockey. After losing jockey Brian Hernandez at the starting gate of the Gulfstream Park Classic, he not only caught up with the field . . . he passed them. Taking the rail position, For Larned sailed by the leaders and was clocked at 44.6 MPH. As the came around the far turn, he was leading by 25 lengths.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horse go through a pack that fast. Watching him run was one of the most amazing things to see. You could tell he was absolutely flying, and by the time they turned for home, he was close to a sixteenth of a mile in front of the field.”