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Don't Forget About No Such Word

They’ll all be trying to keep up with the Joneses in the 86th running of the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3). The Jones family, in this case retired trainer J. Larry Jones and his wife Cindy who has taken over the stable, will be trying to win the historic event for the third straight time when the Oaks is renewed as the 11th race on Saturday.


And just for good measure, the filly Cindy Jones will send out, No Such Word, is owned by another Jones, former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones (no relation).


“Yes, we’re going for the hat trick,” Cindy Jones said. “At first, Larry said it wasn’t really, because he’s not training, but I told him it was all about family, and now he agrees that it would be a hat trick.”


Larry Jones won the last two runnings of the Oaks with Maren’s Meadow in 2008, and Just Jenda last year to become just the second trainer to accomplish the feat. Bill Donovan was the first to win consecutive Oaks, scoring with Diamond Duo in 1992 and Jacody in 1993.


No Such Word, a bay daughter of Canadian Frontier * Muskoka Ice, by It’s Freezing, has established herself as a quality 3-year-old, and is coming off a fourth in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks when she finished less than three lengths behind the streaking Blind Luck.


“Thank goodness she’s not in this race,” Cindy Jones said. “We’ve met her twice, and I think she’s the number one filly (3-year-old) in the nation right now. “We’re really excited about the Monmouth Oaks,” she said. “I like our chances because there looks to be a ton of speed in there, which will help her. “And I love the way she’s been training for this.”


No Such Word completed her training for the Oaks with a bullet five furlongs in :58 flat on Monday over the deep Delaware main track. “Terry (jockey Terry Thompson) never moved on her,” Cindy Jones said. “She went a half in :44 and change and galloped out in
1:11 2/5, and did it on her own.”


It was her second bullet five-eighths move of the month, a week after the filly worked in 1:01 2/5 on Aug. 2. No Such Word started this season racing at Oaklawn Park, and
gained her first stakes victory in the Grade 3 Honeybee in March. She finished third behind Blind Luck and Tidal Pool in the Grade 2 Fantasy in April.


In the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico in May, No Such Word suffered traffic problems in a roughly run race where one filly fell and another lost her rider, but still managed to be second. In the Go for Wand Stakes in June, she scored by a neck over Havre de Grace, who went on to be beaten just a nose by Blind Luck in the Delaware Oaks on July 10.


“I think she’s getting better all the time,” Cindy Jones said.
 

 

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