Woodward Looking Flat Out Successful

2013 Woodward Stakes

Fort LarnedThe Woodward Stakes is a Grade 1 event going a distance of 11/8 miles for three year olds and up with a purse of $750,000. This race originally had 7 entries, but the probable favorite Fort Larned scratched, so we have a field of six going to the post. Fort Larned’s trainer, Ian Wilkes, said the horse had “strained something from behind” and he didn’t feel he was 100 %. Many expected Fort Larned to be on or close to the pace in the Woodward, but his absence will change the dynamics of how this race will be run. Veterinarians looked over the 5 year old and reported that the injury was not too serious. Although he’ll be missing the Woodward, Wilkes stated that the goal for Fort Larned is to be back in time to defend his Breeders’ Cup title. Wilkes had this to say-


“The goal will still be to get to the Breeders’ Cup. The first thing I have to do is make sure the horse is right and go from there.”


Successful DanThe new morning line favorite is Bob Baffert’s Paynter. He is a consistent horse that seems to give his all every time he runs and you can’t say that about all race horses. He is coming off a second place finish in the San Diego Handicap at Delmar. His speed figures are impressive over his last several races. Let’s see if we can beat him. The next choice in the morning line is Successful Dan. In his last race which was the Whitney Handicap, he closed with a furious rush to just miss winning by ¾ lengths. He is a versatile horse who does not have to be running from the back because he has won on the lead as well. This is a tough horse and I would love to own him. Next up in the ML is the William Mott trained Flat Out. In early July he won the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap where he laid just off the lead and won by some 2 lengths after bobbling at the start. He should make a race out of this one. This is a very tough race to handicap. Any of the horses I didn’t mention are well able to win this race. I am really rolling the dice on this one, but here goes.

I will say that Successful Dan will win it with Flat Out second and Paynter third. Just don’t mortgage the family jewels to bet it.

Good luck guys and gals!




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