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Larry Jones Well Represented at Fair Grounds

Larry and Cindy Jones, the husband-and-wife training duo with their perennial herd of stakes horses, were partially in residence once again on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots backstretch Wednesday morning.

Still in absentia was Larry, who is due in at the New Orleans oval Thursday as Fair Grounds begins the second racing week of its 2012-2013 meeting, which runs through March 31.

“I got here a week ago Monday,” said Cindy, tongue-in-cheek, Wednesday morning as she put some finishing touches on one of the stalls in their barn. “I’ve been doing Larry’s work as well as my own up to now, so it seems like the more things change the more they stay the same.”

Always quick with a quip – as is her husband – the Joneses remain one of the most likeable tandems in racing, and they have almost all of their Fair Grounds stakes winners from last season with them once again.

Believe You Can has been here for a little while now,” said Mrs. Jones, speaking of last spring’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks heroine who went on to victory in Churchill’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks, becoming the fifth filly in the last eight renewals of the Fair Grounds Oaks to parlay that victory into another in the Kentucky Oaks.

Mark Valeski got down here a couple of days ago,” she added of last spring’s  Grade II Louisiana Derby and Grade II Risen Star runner-up who went on to win the Grade II Dwyer at Belmont Park later in the season. “Today was the first day we took him to the track.”

What about Mr. Bowling, who won Fair Grounds’ Grade III Lecomte Stakes last January before wrenching his back in the Risen Star and being taken out of training?

“He’s here, too,” Cindy said, completing her updates on that trio of 3-year-olds owned by Brereton Jones. “We had to turn him out after he hurt himself in the Risen Star, but he’s back with us now.

“The only one we don’t have back from last year is (Fox Hill Farms’) Havre de Grace,” she concluded, speaking of the 2011 Horse of the Year who won Fair Grounds’ $150,000 New Orleans Ladies last season before being retired later in the year.



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My wife and I serve Christmas lunch and hand out gifts to the backstretch workers each Christmas day through the FG Chaplain and his ministry. Both Larry Jones and his wife Cindy have assisted , along with their staff, have helped as well. The man is a humanitarian a person who gives back and deserves the success he enjoys. Our sport needs MANY more like him im my opinion.
odd history to this fellow who got sick overdosing on antiperspirants! of all things
I believe he should also be represented at Oaklawn Park. Seems like he had a couple of 3-year-old favorites(Friesen Fire and Old Fashioned) a couple of years ago that were kept apart.
Forgot all about Mark Valeski. He could be back in a big way next year, it's a shame he never really got going last year.

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