The eagerly-anticipated debut of Breeders' Cup champion Fort Larned ended before it began on Saturday, as the Ian Wilkes-trained horse stumbled out of the starting gate and lost rider Brian Hernandez Jr.
Fans could only watch helplessly as Fort Larned zipped past his rivals and soon opened up a big lead on the field, as he ran solo on the front end. Since Saturday, several have wondered how fast Fort Larned was going, and how much ground did he really cover?
In his latest blog entry for America's Best Racing, Pat Cummings, the manager of racing information for Trakus, discusses Fort Larned's 'performance' in the GP Handicap, and breaks down the fractional times and distance covered.
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