Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned stumbled and dumped his jockey coming out of the starting gate, then led the field to the finish line in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap won by Discreet Dancer on Saturday.
Brian Hernandez Jr. wasn't hurt in the mishap involving Fort Larned, who was making his season debut. The 5-year-old star picked himself up and completed the race riderless.
Discreet Dancer avoided trouble with an alert break from the starting gate just to the inside of Fort Larned. He won by 5 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher. Discreet Dancer ran the mile in 1:35.17.
Swagger Jack finished second, while Fort Loudon was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.