Ouch - from winning the BCC to parting ways at Gulfstream
Fort Larned - winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic - making his 2013 debut in the Gulfstream Park Handicap ($300k) was considered a shoe-in winner.
Then again when you leave the gate, stumble and toss your jockey (Brian Hernandez Jr.) - you don't to win the race even if you pass the field and cross the wire by 25+lengths It was one of those jaw dropping falls so quick.
From a tweet shortly thereafter: Fort Larned grabbed a quarter on his left front high on the foot in the middle of his heel according to Ian Wilkes, otherwise seems ok.
An update 3-10-13: “The cuts he sustained when stumbling are not that bad, just superficial. We’ll know more in a couple of days.”
By all accounts Brian is doing well too although honestly I'm surprised by the news articles barely mentioning him getting tossed. Coming off any horse unplanned is not without significant physical risk
It reminds me of that moment in the 1973 Belmont Stakes at the top of the stretch when Ron Turcotte turned to look back. According to Raymond Woolfe, Lucien Laurin had dreamed earlier that week that Turcotte would fall off.
Now we have a good idea of what it would have looked like.
Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.
"Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."