Jones has Street Band 'penciled in' for 4-year-old debut

November 11, 2019 02:27pm
Jones has Street Band 'penciled in' for 4-year-old debut
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Grade 1 winner Street Band is among a string of horses trainer Larry Jones plans to ship south from his base at Churchill Downs to Fair Grounds to spend the winter while preparing for a 4-year-old campaign. 

“She’ll be down there the roughest part of the winter. It will be a better place to train,” Jones said of this year’s Cotillion Stakes (G1) winner.

Confirming a previous BloodHorse report, Jones said Street Band is “penciled-in” to kick off the 2020 season in the Grade 3, $300,000
Houston Ladies’ Classic on Jan. 26 at Sam Houston Park. This year's Ladies' Classic was the launching point for Midnight Bisou, the likely Eclipse Award winner as champion older female horse. 

Street Band will plan to use the 1 1/16-mile contest as a springboard to the distaff series at Oaklawn Park that includes the Azeri Stakes (G2) on March 14 and the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) going that same distance on April 18. 

Jones said it is typical operating procedure for his top horses to remain at the track during the winter rather than sending them to a farm. Of the nine Grade 1 winners he has trained, Jones could only recall sending champion Havre de Grace away for a stint one winter and also Joyful Victory, whose became a Grade 1 winner in the 2013 Santa Margarita.

“When I had Havre de Grace we did that going into her 5-year-old year, but most of the time we do keep them in training,” Jones said. 

Street Band tallied three graded stakes wins this year before an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff to close out the season. In addition to the Cotillion, the daughter of Istan also won the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and Indiana Oaks (G3).  

Jones is a co-owner and co-breeder of Street Band, who is out of the Street Cry mare Street Minstrel. He noted he has trained all of Street Minstrel’s offspring, which counts six winners among them six-figure earner Liberty Lane. Those family ties has him optimistic Street Band will continue to progress as an older horse. 

“She did get better as the year went on,” Jones said. “And I’ve had the entire family. All of them have gotten better with age, all of them.”

In addition to Larry Jones, Street Band is also owned by co-breeders Cindy Jones and Ray Francis along with Medallion Racing and MyRaceHorse Stable. She has won 5 of 13 starts and banked $1,072,045.


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