Fort Loudon proved his class once again with a game second-place finish in the $500,000 King's Bishop S. Aug. 25 at Saratoga. With $341,000 in earnings in 2012, the Awesome of Course 3-year-old is the leading earner this year for his sire. Fort Loudon won the Grade 3 Carry Back S. on July 7.
Florida-bred Fort Loudon didn't get the best trip in the seven furlong King's Bishop, going four wide around the turn. A little more than two lengths off the lead at the quarter pole, Fort Loudon dug in for the stretch run to be beaten just a half-length and holding off Unbridled's Note and Doctor Chit in a four-horse blanket finish.
“It was a terrific effort and I’m glad he was able to show everybody how good he is,” said trainer Nick Zito. “I’m thinking the Kelso (G2) at a mile would be best for his next start. The Vosburgh (G1) is a possibility but six furlongs might be pushing it.”
Fort Loudon is now 7-1-2 in 16 starts, with a lifetime bankroll of $674,485, including six stakes wins. The bay colt was bred by his owner, Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm. Fort Loudon's dam Lottsa Talc amassed $1.2 million in her career, winning or placing in 31 stakes in 65 lifetime starts.
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