04/24/2012 3:01PM

Churchill Downs: Jones loses another filly to injury


Havre de Grace wasn’t the only filly from trainer Larry Jones’s barn whose career ended prematurely last weekend. On Tuesday, Jones reported that Robi Jo, a lightly raced 3-year-old filly he owns in partnership with his wife Cindy, injured herself at Churchill Downs on Saturday and has been retired. She will be bred to Proud Citizen.

Robi Jo, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, won her first two starts before suffering her lone defeat when finishing fifth making her stakes debut March 10 at Fair Grounds. Jones was pointing Robi Jo to the Edgewood Stakes on turf on Kentucky Oaks Day.

“She’s already been booked to be bred to Proud Citizen,” Jones said. “He’s kind of my buddy. In fact, I think I might retire all my fillies and breed them to him next year before his price gets too high.”

Jones will saddle Mark Valeski, a son of Proud Citizen, in this year’s Kentucky Derby.