On the morning after Fort Larned captured the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Ian Wilkes was still somewhat in a state of disbelief.
In an interview with Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Wilkes called the experience “very humbling. I don't think it's sunk in, I don't think it will sink in for awhile.”
Wilkes mentioned that he thought Game On Dude might be vulnerable at the 1 1/4-mile distance, and also that the track was playing a bit fast. He instructed jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. to keep Fort Larned close to the lead as a result.
At some point, Wilkes said that he and owner Janis Whitham will get together and plot out a plan for Fort Larned for 2013, with a return to Santa Anita and the Classic as the end goal. He also mentioned the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), a race where he finished eighth in this year. “One race I would like to run in is the Stephen Foster,” he said. “I really want to do better than he did this year.”
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