'Rising Star' Fort Warren A Winner On Black-Eyed Susan Day

Fort Warren | Benoit

8th-Pimlico, $62,700, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($50,000-$62,500), 5-19, 3yo, 6f, 1:09.94, ft, 1 3/4 lengths.
FORT WARREN (c, 3, Curlin–La Appassionata {SW & GSP, $162,920}, by Bernardini) became a 'TDN Rising Star' when debuted in gate-to-wire fashion for then-trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita Oct. 30. A far-beaten third next time out in the GII San Vincente S. Jan. 29, he went to the sidelines for much of the spring, changing barns to return on the east coast for Brittany Russell. Bet down to even money and with Lasix in his system for the first time, Fort Warren stayed back in the field behind easy leader Johnyz From Albany (Blofeld). Sheldon Russell began to ask his mount for more as the colt began to pick up on the front pair off the turn and tipped out to drive past Johnyz From Albany, winning going away by 1 3/4 lengths. A $500,000 yearling purchase and his late dam's only foal, Fort Warren is out of a full-sister to GSW Wilburn and a half to GSW Beethoven (Sky Mesa). Further back in the family is champion 3-year-old filly Abel Tasman (Quality Road). Sales History: $550,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: GSP, 3-2-0-1, $96,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Robert E. Masterson, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Jay A. Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital LLC and Catherine Donovan; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Brittany T. Russell.

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