Another Graded Score for E DUBAI’s Son FORT LARNED

Fort Larned - Inside Finish - 063012FORT LARNED posted a frontrunning victory in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H.-G3, the richest stakes during the Iowa Festival of Racing, on the evening June 30. The win was his second in graded company this year and adds strongly to his case as one of the nation’s top handicap horses.

Quickly away from the gate in the mile and an eighth Cornhusker, FORT LARNED set modest fractions before dashing for home and easily holding off highly-rated Successful Dan to win by three lengths, flying the final eighth in under 12 seconds. The last time the top two faced each other was in the Alysheba S.-G2 at Churchill Downs, where the order was reversed with FORT LARNED a length back in second.

Janis R. Whitham’s 4-year-old homebred, trained by Ian Wilkes, has won three stakes from six starts in 2012, including a track record-setting score in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes-G3 in March. FORT LARNED has earned $348,455 this season, to push his career bankroll to $431,236 from 16 starts. The handsome bay is out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, and is a grandson of the great racemare Bayakoa (Arg).

E DUBAI is the leading sire in the Northeast in 2012 by number of winners, and his runners have earned more than $2.3 million this year, tops among Mid-Atlantic sires. The son of Mr. Prospector has 27 stakes winners in his first six crops, and progeny earnings in excess of $2 million for six consecutive years.