According to trainer Ian Wilkes, Fort Larned is not running in the Grade I Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on August 31 because “he is not 100 percent.”
Wilkes elaborated this way after Fort Larned was checked out by veterinarians,
He strained something in the behind. It doesn't look too serious, but he has to be 100% to run in these races. In watching him this morning I didn't think he was 100%. He went out and jogged and took a long time to warm up and that is not normal for him.
The first thing I have do is make sure the horse is right and go from there.
Wilkes is proceeding with existing plans to defend Fort Larned’s Breeders’ Cup title on November 2 at Santa Anita, despite the misfortune of missing the Woodward.
Fort Larned was the victor in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic last year. Most recently, Fort Larned finished in fifth place in the Grade I Whitney Invitational Handicap, a race he also won last year. Wilkes did not say anything about his plans for the Gold Cup September 28 at Belmont Park.
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