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Fort Larned in the winner's circle
Fort Larned in the winner's circle after the 2012 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga
© Vanessa Ng
Winning trainer Ian Wilkes said, "It's a huge honor to win the race named for the Whitneys. I was very pleased. Brian did a tremendous job; first time over this track. He rode a perfect race and moved him at the right time. He put some open lengths between him and the closers. You couldn't let the closers get to you. He's been around for a while, and he's a good young rider. This is a free-running horse. He can do a lot of things. I always thought he belonged [up there] in the division. You question yourself coming off a race like the Stephen Foster; you got beat, you got your head handed to you there. So you question yourself. But this horse keeps rattling off those 108 Beyer Speed Figures. He stays consistent. Let's enjoy today. Obviously, you've got the Woodward, but let's see how he comes out of this."