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Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI
Assistant trainer Cindy Jones was fulfilling her sometime role of spokesperson for the Cindy and Larry Jones Barn as the Fair Grounds track was closing for training hours on Wednesday morning.


Husband Larry, trainer of last Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes winner Mr. Bowling as well as $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes heroine Believe You Can – both owned by Brereton Jones – had left minutes earlier.


Of course, as almost everyone in the Thoroughbred racing world already knows, the last 10 days for the Joneses have been far from ordinary. One week ago Sunday, the couple flew out to Southern California for racing’s annual Eclipse Award ceremonies. On the next night, the Jones-trained Havre de Grace, owned by Fox Hill Farm and currently in training at Fair Grounds, was named 2011 Horse of the Year.


That Tuesday, the Joneses flew back to New Orleans and were back at their barn Wednesday of last week. Thursday and Friday they trained and ran horses successfully, but last Saturday they became headliners again, winning both sophomore stakes on Fair Grounds’ Road to the Derby Kickoff Day. Then, they followed that up Sunday by winning with Robi Jo, a 3-year-old filly they own together.


“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Cindy Jones Wednesday. “I do admit that I’m finally feeling a little bit of jet lag this morning. On Monday and Tuesday I was fine – because my feet hadn’t hit the ground yet – but today it’s finally hit me.”


Mr. Bowling will be pointed for the Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 25, and Believe You Can is headed for the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes that same afternoon.


“They both jogged this morning and they will gallop and jog tomorrow,” Mrs. Jones said of her latest sophomore stars. “As for Havre de Grace, she’s been galloping every day lately and she’s up to a mile and half now. All three of them are doing just fine.”



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