Whitney: Fort Larned Holds off All Challengers

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Whitney: Fort Larned Holds off All Challengers

Janis R. Whitham's homebred Fort Larned joined the upper echelon of the nation's handicap division by scoring his first Grade 1 coup in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga. Unleashing a monster move for Brian Hernandez Jr. leaving the far turn, the Ian Wilkes trainee opened up an insurmountable lead, and safely held the closing trio of Ron the Greek, Flat Out and Hymn Book. Fort Larned was defeating the winners of several Grade 1 events -- the Santa Anita Handicap and Stephen Foster Handicap (Ron the Greek), the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Flat Out) and the Donn Handicap (Hymn Book) -- in a competitive renewal of the Whitney. Ron the Greek earned 5-2 favoritism in his quest for a third Grade 1 victory of the season, Hymn Book went off as the 7-2 second choice, and Flat Out was third in the betting at 4-1.

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