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Havre de Grace, Joyful Victory Race Ready

The only thing the nation’s reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has left to do prior to her 2012 debut in Saturday’s $150,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is gallop up to the race.

 

“That work she had Monday (five furlongs in 59.60 on a track rated fast) was exactly what we were looking for,” said Cindy Jones, wife and invaluable assistant to trainer Larry Jones during training hours Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds. “She did it real easy – without being asked for anything extra – but we’re very pleased with how it went and she came out of it real well.”

 

Fox Hill Farms, owner of Havre de Grace as well as Joyful Victory, post time favorite for last spring’s Kentucky Oaks and a projected starter in Oaklawn Park’s $150,000 Azeri Stakes, will have the Jones’s fighting a war on two fronts Saturday with the juggling act already underway.

 

“Larry and I will both be here at Fair Grounds for Havre de Grace’s race Saturday,” said Mrs. Jones, “but he went home for awhile to shower and change before he hauls Joyful Victory up to Oaklawn this afternoon. The plan is that he will stay up there (at Hot Springs) tonight, gallop (Joyful Victory) in the morning and then head back here to Fair Grounds tomorrow afternoon.

 

Corey York (another valued member of the Jones team) will stay up there at Oaklawn and saddle Joyful Victory this weekend,” she added.

 

“You never know what’s going to happen in horseracing,” concluded Mrs. Jones, “but we’re expecting a winning performance from Havre de Grace this weekend. “We’re very excited about this race. Havre de Grace has a bull’s-eye on her back – there’s no doubt about that – but that’s to be expected considering what she’s done in her career so far.”

 

Havre de Grace will join 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra as the second Horse of the Year in the last three Fair Grounds seasons to begin her subsequent campaign in the New Orleans Ladies. That filly finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the inaugural edition of Fair Grounds’ richest event for older fillies and mares.

 

In 1942, Horse of the Year Whirlaway won the Louisiana Handicap at the Crescent City oval.

 

 

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