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Believe You Can Gets Job Done in Tempted

After winning the Grade 1 Beldame on "Super Saturday" with his star 4-year-old filly Havre de Grace, trainer Larry Jones stuck around in New York to take care of one more piece of business.

With a wide move from off a fast pace, Jones' Believe You Can wore down Perennial Song in the stretch and drew away to a 2 ½-length victory Sunday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

The size of the grin on the trainer's face during the winner's circle photograph suggested Jones believes he just might have another big-time horse in the barn.

"She's a pretty good filly, too," Jones said after Believe You Can ran the six-furlong sprint in 1:11.20 under jockey Gabriel Saez over a course labeled muddy. As the 7-2 fourth choice in a field of five, she paid $9.50 for a $2 win bet.

Perennial Song finished second, followed by Grade 3 Schuylerville winner Georgie's Angel, Colormesaichi and Select Cat.

The victory was the third in four career starts for Believe You Can, a daughter of Proud Citizen bred and owned by former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones. In her lone loss, a debut run in June at Monmouth Park, the trainer said the filly had lost a shoe and been stuck down on the inside part of the track.

In the Tempted, Believe You Can drew the outside post position and stalked in fourth behind the dueling Select Cat and Perennial Song through an opening quarter-mile in 21.67 seconds and a half in 45.13.

Favored Georgie's Angel raced behind the two leaders on the inside, and when the field turned for home, Believe You Can launched her bid on the outside. Georgie's Angel faded and Believe You Can engaged Perennial Song and eventually pulled away to victory.

"We want to run her two turns," Larry Jones said. "I thought she had more speed than these others, but we've been teaching her to relax. It's easy to teach one to rate when [they] go in 21 and change."

Believe You Can has been trained to relax because she is under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, which will be run at 1 1/6 miles on November 4 at Churchill Downs.

"This leaves a lot of options open," Larry Jones said after the victory in the Tempted. "I'll get with the governor. We'll have a lot of time to talk. I told Brereton this is a quality filly, and we've thought a lot of her."


 

 

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