Fox Hill Farms’ star 4-year-old
filly Havre de Grace worked five
furlongs in 59.60 on Wednesday morning at Delaware Park under jockey Gabe Saez
in preparation for a run either in the Grade 1, $300,000 Personal Ensign on
August 28 or the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward against males on September 3.
“Everything went real good,” said
trainer Larry Jones. “We’re not trying to do anything super special with her.
She’s getting really antsy. She does it so easy, Gabe says it felt like she went
so slow. She’s doing really well.”
Owner Rick Porter said Wednesday
that he is leaning toward running Havre de Grace, second last out to her arch
rival Blind Luck in the Grade 2
Delaware Handicap, in the Woodward and hopes trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would
consider meeting her there with his filly.
“I want to take the boys on now
instead of [at
Park ] in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but if
I don’t like who’s coming to the Woodward, I’d run in the Personal Ensign
whether Blind Luck comes or not,” Porter said. “I’m just sitting, waiting to see
who goes where. I’d love to see Blind Luck come to the Woodward. I’ve invited
her several times on my website. It would be great for racing and great for
Meantime, Blind Luck worked six furlongs at
Del Mar in
1:13.40 for newly minted Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who said, “She
Hollendorfer has yet to pick out
a next race for Blind Luck and has been considering the Personal Ensign as well
as the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at
Del Mar against males. He said that Porter’s
overtures would have no bearing on his ultimate decision.
Likely for the 1 ¼-mile Personal
Ensign are Grade 1 Ruffian winner Ask
the Moon and runner-up Super
Espresso, along with Grade 3 Arlington Matron winner Pachattack. Acronym, Payton d’Oro and Tiz Miz Sue are questionable, according
to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.