04/17/2011 1:01PM

Delaware Handicap main summer goal for Havre de Grace

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Larry Jones says Havre de Grace will be based at Delaware Park this summer and point to the track's most prestigious event, the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap in July.

The next-race plans for Havre de Grace, who won her first Grade 1 in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on Friday, have not been set but a summer goal is the Grade 2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 16, said her trainer, Larry Jones. Havre de Grace will ship Thursday to either Churchill Downs or Delaware Park, with Delaware to be her summer base, said Jones.

“She runs very well there,” he said. “We definitely have the Delaware Handicap in mind. Whether she runs in the Obeah as a prep, or something else, we’re still looking over things.”

Havre de Grace won the Grade 3, $150,000 Azeri at Oaklawn in March with a Beyer Figure of 105. She returned to action in the Apple Blossom and ran down Switch in the late stages, winning the race by three-quarters of a length in a strong time of 1:42.19.

“Thank goodness she is who she is,” said Jones. “She had to come home kind of quick.”

Jones, who trains Havre de Grace for Rick Porter, said the year-end goal is the Breeders’ Cup.

“We feel like we’ve really got a shot at having a championship year with her,” he said.