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Kentucky Oaks 2012 Winner Believe You Can Retired

Brereton C. Jones’ homebred Believe You Can, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Oaks (GI) has been retired, according to a Daily Racing Form report. On Friday morning, trainer Larry Jones said that the filly would rest at Brereton Jones’ Airdrie Stud and undergo a medical check-up after she was declared out of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) on Thanksgiving Day.

Larry Jones had been enthusiastic about Believe You Can’s planned return to racing in the Falls City following a five-furlong work in 1:00.80 at Churchill Downs last Saturday. Believe You Can last competed in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (GI) on May 27 at Belmont Park, where she ran sixth to Tiz Miz Sue. She has a career record of 14-8-0-2 and has earned $1,280,324.

Jones felt good about Believe You Can’s progress until Monday, when he was in the saddle when she returned to the track for a gallop.

“She galloped out a mile (in the work) and I was very pleased with it,” Jones said. “The next day she ate and did everything right, but she was knocked out. She wouldn’t hang her head out of the stall, but it was okay – there was no heat or anything. Then the next day I galloped her and she galloped okay, but boy, when horses would come by her she had nothing. She wouldn’t even try to go with them and that’s not her.

“Then when she did that a second day in a row, I told Brery that she’s not going to be ready to run Thursday.”

Jones is awaiting results of the tests performed on Believe You Can, which he hopes will explain her lack of enthusiasm in her training.

“They’re going to do some blood work,” he said. “She’s perfectly sound. Maybe she was getting sick.  It’s just one of those deals – you know that she was not going to be racing in 10 days. Hopefully, she’s just got a little bug.”

Meanwhile, Becky Winemiller’s Falls City candidate Wine Princess breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 over the good Churchill Downs surface on Friday, and trainer Steve Margolis said his 4-year-old filly was now “leaning toward” staying at her home track for a Falls City run that would likely be the final race of her career.


Margolis is also considering a trip to Woodbine by the daughter of Horses of the Year Ghostzapper and Azeri for the $150,000 Bessarabian Stakes (GII), a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up to be run on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan was aboard for Friday’s work in which Wine Princess covered the distance in fractional splits of :13.20, :25.80 and :38.20 and galloped-out six furlongs in 1:15.60.

“She worked good,” Margolis said. “Shaun just kind of gave her a maintenance work.

“After hearing that Believe You Can won’t run, we’re kind of leaning more now toward staying here. The beauty is we’ve got a little time on our side. We’ll make sure she comes out of the work good. We might even enter in the Falls City and take a look. We wouldn’t have to leave until late afternoon on Monday.”

So Margolis will keep a close eye on his regally-bred filly and work to make the best possible choice what will likely be her farewell to the track before she launches a new career as a broodmare at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm.

“We know she likes this racetrack, we know she’s here,” Margolis said. “I think we’re leaning toward running here, but we’ll make an official decision on Sunday.”

Also appearing on the work tab was G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Ice Cream Silence, who breezed a quick half-mile in :47, the best of 63 training moves at the distance. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Street Sense is listed as “possible” for the Falls City.

Known starters for the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on Thursday, Nov. 28 (with trainers) include: Don’t Tell Sophia (Philip Sims), Flashy American (Kenny McPeek), and Magic Hour (Ian Wilkes). Possible: Ice Cream Silence (Rusty Arnold), My Option (Chris Block), Street Girl (Eddie Kenneally), Molly Morgan (Dale Romans), Owl Moon (Romans) and Wine Princess (Steve Margolis).

 

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