Who needs a jockey, anyway?

Fort Learned
Fort Larned leads the field in the

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.

Interviewed by Pat Cummings for America’s Best Racing, announcer Larry Collmus, said:
“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.”
While Fort Larned had the advantage of running weight-free, he showed both remarkable strategy (by running on the rail) and competitiveness. Very few loose horses choose to run an entire race, especially so far ahead of the field. The outriders didn’t stand a chance.
The video below doesn’t show much of his race — he was too far ahead — but it does show his sprint as he wends his way to the front.
Gulfstream Park Classic
Fort Learned runs to the front of the Gulfstream Park Classic – click on the photo to watch the video.

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