E Dubai Colt Breaks Track Record at Gulfstream in Gr.3

fort-larned6Janis Whitham’s 4-year-old homebred FORT LARNED continues to grow and mature, and in quick succession, he got his second career stakes victory, and first in graded company, in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes-G3 on Saturday, March 31. In the process, he shattered the one and three-sixteenths-mile track record, getting the distance in 1:53.92. The previous mark of 1:54.74 was set by Eddington in 2005 (and a few weeks later, Eddington returned to capture the Gr. 1 Pimlico Special at the same distance). VIEW VIDEO

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, FORT LARNED stalked the pace set by Uptowncharleybrown before charging home to win by two and a half lengths. “We let him run free,” said Leparoux. “We went pretty fast but he did it on his own. When I asked him he went. He’s an improving horse.”

In his previous start four weeks ago, FORT LARNED swept to victory in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ian Wilkes trainee has won five of his 13 career races and finished second once, for earnings of $181,331. A half-brother to multiple Gr. 1-placed Izarra, out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, FORT LARNED is a grandson of the great racemare Bayakoa (Arg).

FORT LARNED is the 12th graded winner?–?nearly half the total number of stakes winners?–?in six crops for E DUBAI. One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most accomplished sires, E DUBAI is currently the leading sire in the region by number of winners in 2012, and is also the sire of 2012 graded stakes-placed DUBIOUS MISS, an earner of $574,440 and a graded winner earlier in his career.