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Fort Larned Staying Home for Final Cup Prep
Meanwhile, Fort Larned (E Dubai-Arlucea, by Broad Brush), the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, will have his next start in Saturday week's inaugural Homecoming Classic (9 furlongs) at his home track of Churchill Downs, reports drf.com. The three-time Gr1 winner was due to have his final Breeders' Cup hit-out in the Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on the same day, but trainer Ian Wilkes feels the Homecoming is the better option. "The Breeders' Cup is the objective," said Wilkes. "This is one less ship. Missing the Woodward kind of forced my hand. All we want to do is get him back to California in the best shape we can." Wilkes withdrew Fort Larned from the Woodward two days before the race, saying the 5YO entire had a "hind-end issue." The $175,000 Homecoming Classic is the richest and the only newly created race among eight stakes events at the 12-day September meet at Churchill Downs. The US$5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is scheduled for November 2 at Santa Anita racecourse.