08/20/2016 6:03PM

John Jones, 43-1, ends remarkable streak of Ben's Cat in Mister Diz

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Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
John Jones, making his first start off a $25,000 claim, pays $88.80 for upsetting the Mister Diz under jockey Luis Garcia.

John Jones scored a front-running $88.80 upset in the $75,000 Mister Diz on Saturday at Laurel Park, breaking Ben's Cat's six-year reign in the six-furlong turf race for Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired horses.

John Jones was making his first start since being claimed by Lacey Gaudet for $25,000 at Laurel in July. He moved up to take the early lead under jockey Luis Garcia, was rated on the pace, and then was not seriously challenged in the stretch while winning by two lengths.

"I tried to wait as long as I could before I asked him," Garcia said.

Ben's Cat had a clean trip in the Mister Diz but lacked the needed closing response and finished third as the 3-5 favorite. Ben's Cat had won the Mister Diz every year since 2010.

Just Jack, who saved ground in the second flight to the stretch, continued willingly to be second, defeating Ben's Cat by two lengths.

John Jones set fractions of 23.78 seconds, 46.94, and 58.37 en route to a final time of 1:10.58. A 4-year-old son of Smarty Jones, he is now 4 for 15 in his career. The $45,000 he earned in the Mister Diz boosted his earnings to $151,494.

"We thought he'd take to the grass," Gaudet said. "He was training well so we took a shot."

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Jameela: Lovable Lady runs down Everything Lovely

In her first race on turf, Lovable Lady and jockey Horacio Karamanos had a trouble-filled trip and finished eighth. On Saturday, in the six-furlong Jameela Stakes, Karamanos worked out a beautiful journey for Lovable Lady and was up to defeat favored Everything Lovely in deep stretch.

Lovable Lady settled into good early position behind the three pacesetters in the $75,000 Jameela. Karamanos stayed quiet on her to the stretch and then sent her after Everything Lovely, who came away with the lead after attending the pace outside horses. After a stiff drive, Lovable Lady was up to win by a half-length.

"This filly has really improved a lot," Karamanos said. "She broke sharply, got position, and was nice and comfortable. I just waited to the stretch."

Trained by Mary Eppler, Lovable Lady paid $22.80 as the fifth choice in the 11-horse field of Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired fillies and mares. She was timed in 1:11.14. The early splits were 23.14, 46.95, and 58.60.

Lovable Lady, a 5-year-old daughter of Not for Love, is now 5 for 13 in her career with earnings of $229,145.

This is the second straight year Everything Lovely has finished second in the Jameela. Monster Sleeping, the 2-1 second choice who won the Jameela a year ago, finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Everything Lovely. Monster Sleeping was steadied nearing the far turn and raced wide into the stretch.

 

jon More than 1 year ago
Time for the great Ben to be retired. No excuse vs a weak field. Or try one more race with Pimemtal
Rick Marciniak More than 1 year ago
I will disagree with you on the first part. Ben's Cat is meant for 5 furlongs and when you think he is done... he gets better and believe Pimemtal can make amends. I would throw this one out.
Charlene Shaw More than 1 year ago
Ben's got nothing left to prove, and if Leatherbury keeps running him and something goes wrong - he will feel it from the fans.
Randy Franklin More than 1 year ago
As a 'fan' of Rockinn On Bye have to wonder what Taylor Hole was doing with the horse.  Please...somebody watch the replay a few times and tell me.....

Bad post...check...steadied early...check......saved ground...check...no attempt to go outside...check....blocked....check...unridden the last sixteenth plus...check.

Wow.