Impressive First Winner for Fort Larned

07.04.2017 -

Two youngsters who appear to have big futures were on display in Ellis Park’s fifth race Tuesday for 2-year-olds running a mile on turf. Fort Wise Treaty and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan got through on the rail to edge favored Eclipsed Moon, who rallied on the outside only to come up a neck short.

Fort Wise Treaty is the first winner for the Adena Springs stallion Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita for Kentucky-based trainer Ian Wilkes and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

A $170,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase owned by Mark Breen of Connecticut, Fort Wise Treaty did a lot of things right in his first start. Breaking from post 7, the colt settled nicely in mid-pack and was content to be on the inside, where he stayed the rest of the way, getting through traffic while finishing in 1:36.60, his last eighth-mile coming in under 12 seconds. 

“He ran great; he had a great ride, I can tell you that,” trainer Brad Cox said.  "Obviously the horse who was second looks like a really nice horse and had a wide trip. I sure don’t want to run again him next time. But it was a good effort. I was proud of the horse.”

Said Bridgmohan: “Brad did a phenomenal job. He was very professional, was there every time I needed him. All I had to do was just find him some room, and I did. And he gave me what he had.”

Cox said Fort Wise Treaty will stay at Ellis Park, where his assistant Tessa Bisha oversees that division, with the Aug. 20 Ellis Park Juvenile at seventh-eighths of a mile a possibility. 

“I wouldn’t hesitate to maybe try him on the Poly (synthetic surface) or dirt at the right distance,” he said. “I don’t want to shorten him up much. I would maybe try seven-eighths on the Poly or on the dirt, if the race came up the right way. If there’s a grass race, I prefer the grass with him, to be honest.”

-edited from www. horseracingnation.com

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