02/15/2011 3:49PM

Dominguez to ride Havre de Grace


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has been lined up to ride Havre de Grace, who is on schedule to make her seasonal debut March 19 in the Grade 3, $100,000 Azeri at Oaklawn Park. The race will be the filly’s first start since finishing third in the Breeder’s Cup Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Dominguez replaces Jeremy Rose, who had been Havre de Grace’s regular rider last year when she was trained by Tony Dutrow. Since the Breeders’ Cup, the filly has been transferred to trainer Larry Jones.

“Ramon Dominguez is supposed to ride her, and I think that’s going to work out for the Azeri,” Jones said Tuesday. “He had expressed interest in wanting to ride her.

“He’s supposed to be set to go.”

Jones, who trains Havre de Grace for Rick Porter, noted that Dominguez had ridden some of Porter’s other stakes starters last year, including Winslow Homer and Joyful Victory. Those horses are now also in the care of Jones, and all three had works here Tuesday.

Havre de Grace breezed a half-mile in a leisurely 53 seconds. She went first set, by herself, under jockey Jenna Joubert. Jones said the filly will step up the tempo soon. The work was her second since the Breeders’ Cup.

“Havre de Grace was not eager to do anything by herself,” Jones said Tuesday. “She’ll probably come back and work real soon, and I’ll have a workmate for her and make her get a little more out of it than what we did today. We will not be waiting a week off this work to work her again. She’s liable to come back by Friday and work again.”

Winslow Homer, meanwhile, was eager heading into his half-mile work. He, too, went by himself under Joubert, following the renovation break. Winslow Homer covered the distance in 50 seconds, his second published work since winning the $75,000 Curlin at Saratoga on Aug. 1.

Jones said his comeback could come in the Grade 3, $100,000 Razorback at Oaklawn on March 12.

Joyful Victory went a half-mile in 49.20 seconds, the eighth fastest of 117 moves at the distance. Jones was well-pleased with the move that came in blinkers and said she remains on target for the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn on March 12.