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03-09-2013, 10:44 PM
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I questioned whether the added weight would impact Fort Larned and I wonder if that had anything to do with the spill. Very odd occurence:

The return of Breeders’ Cup champion Fort Larned ended with a scare, but fortunately no injuries, on Saturday when he fell and unseated jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. leaving the gate in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

With Fort Larned out, Discreet Dancer took the lead after a half mile and pulled away to beat Swagger Jack by 5 1/2 lengths in the one-mile Grade 2 stakes on dirt. Fort Loudon finished third, another 1 1/4 lengths back.

Fort Larned regained his footing, passed the other five horses and crossed the finish line about 10 lengths ahead of Discreet Dancer.

Because Fort Larned was riderless, he was not officially part of the race. No bets on Fort Larned were refunded.

The Gulfstream Park Handicap was the first race for Fort Larned since last Nov. 3 when, with Hernandez riding, he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
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