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Mark Valeski On Comeback Trail

Mark Valeski (no. 5), ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by J. Larry Jones, wins the 58th running of the grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes for three year olds on May 12, 2012 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
Brereton Jones’ Mark Valeski, absent from active competition since winning the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park last May 12, accomplished a bullet three-furlong move in 36.20 Thursday morning at Fair Grounds in his first official work since then and was a perfect picture of health Friday morning when trainer Larry Jones proudly showed him off in his stall.

“I was really pleased with the way he went yesterday and he’s really looking great today,” Jones said. “He really seems to be responding well. I’ll probably give him another work in another six or seven days or so and then we’ll try to get him back on a regular schedule.”

Fair Grounds’ two-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik was aboard for the move on the Proud Citizen colt who was runner-up by a half-length in the Grade II Louisiana Derby last season and second by a nose in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes before that.

Last spring’s Grade II Kentucky Oaks heroine Believe You Can, who won the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks five weeks earlier for the Jones owner-trainer tandem, had her first work back last Monday, going the same three-eighths distance in 37.20.

Also on Thursday, Gillian Campbell et al.’s Summer Applause worked five furlongs in 59 flat for trainer Bret Calhoun. Summer Applause finished second behind Believe You Can in last spring’s Fair Grounds Oaks but won the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes before that.

Calhoun is pointing Summer Applause toward the $400,000 Houston Ladies at Sam Houston but hopes to tighten her up with a race at Fair Grounds prior to that Texas outing. Before Thursday’s move, Summer Applause had worked the same five-furlong distance in a minute flat on Nov. 29.

 

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Older Comments about Mark Valeski On Comeback Trail...

I completely agree, he like almost every other 3 yr old had a "if only" or a "what couldve been" year.
I predict that this horse will make an indelible impact on the older horse division in 2013. Watch out for MV(Mark Valeski, or Most Valuable!!!).
When first impressed with this colt, it was when he was in abstentia. He was scratched from the Kentucky Derby, leaving Rosie Napravnik without a mount for the big race. She rode Believe You Can to victory in the Kentucky Oaks for Larry Jones. Right after the race, I believe Donna Brothers rode an out pony up next to her, and asked her about the thrill of winning and how it had to soften the blow of losing a mount in the Derby. Rosie mentioned that she was thrilled with the victory, and that she looked forward to riding Mark Valeski over the summer. He went on to win the Peter Pan with her in the irons. But, her endorsement of him right after the Oaks, spoke volumes of the potential of this colt.
I always liked Mark Valeski, I can't wait to see him back.
Mark Valeski could be one to watch out for ,Jone was saying this horse has amazing turn of foot.

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