10/20/2009 11:00PM

Jones looks for happy ending in Raven Run

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Just Jenda won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in August and will try to send trainer Larry Jones into retirement with a victory in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland on Saturday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Larry Jones, retirement just over the horizon, is hoping to complete a career circle when he sends out Just Jenda as part of a big field of 3-year-old fillies Saturday in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.

Jones got his first Keeneland stakes winner when Josh's Madelyn captured the Raven Run at the 2004 fall meet. Since right about then, Jones has been one of the most successful and spotlighted figures in North American racing as the trainer of star horses such as Eight Belles, Hard Spun, Proud Spell, and others.

"Josh's Madelyn and Ruby's Reception kind of were the start of our really big run," said Jones, who will turn over his stable to his wife, Cindy, on Nov. 8. "This will be my last stakes at Keeneland, so we'd love to go out a winner."

Just Jenda, with Gabriel Saez to ride, was assigned post 2 in the $300,000 Raven Run, a seven-furlong Polytrack race that drew 16 entries. Only as many as 14 can start.

Just Jenda comes off a fourth-place finish in the Oct. 3 Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park, a Grade 2 race at 1 1/16 miles. From eight races this year, she has four wins, all in stakes.

"The filly has been awfully good to us this year," said Jones, 53. "She's pretty much performed at whatever we've wanted her to do. We're turning back in distance for this, and she's shown us she can handle that. We'll let her go and see what happens."

Among the other fillies entered in a wide-open 11th running of the Raven Run, are Flashing and Pretty Prolific, the respective one-two finishers in the Grade 1 Test Stakes, along with a wide assortment of minor stakes winners and recent allowance winners. The Raven Run is carded as the ninth of 10 Saturday races.

One Caroline targets Chilukki Stakes

One Caroline, the once-beaten 4-year-old filly who has not raced since being upset at 1-2 in the Grade 2 Louisville Distaff on the May 1 Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs, is nearing her return to action.

Trainer Rusty Arnold said One Caroline will run in the Grade 2, $150,000 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill on Nov. 7, the day most of the racing world will be focused on the second of two Breeders' Cup programs at Santa Anita.

One Caroline, a speedy gray daughter of Unbridled's Song, reeled off five straight wins to begin her career for Arnold and owner G. Watts Humphrey. She suffered a minor injury when training toward the Fleur de Lis in June at Churchill and was out about 60 days before gearing back up.

One Caroline recently worked six furlongs in company in 1:12.60 over the Keeneland Poly and will move to Churchill shortly before the Chilukki.

Mushka a deserving winner

Data issued recently by officials with Trakus, the electronic tracking technology system in use at Keeneland, suggests that the disqualification of Proviso from first to second in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on Oct. 11 was warranted beyond the fact the stewards ruled that Proviso was guilty of impeding Mushka during the stretch run. Mushka was awarded victory after crossing under the wire second.

In a lengthy explanation to the Keeneland publicity staff, Michael Ciacciarelli, chief executive officer for Trakus, said Mushka was traveling about 2.2 feet per second faster than Proviso at the time of the foul. Had there been no foul and if the two horses had kept a constant speed for the remaining 380 feet of the race, Mushka would have won by about 1 1/2 lengths, Ciacciarelli said.

Capt. Candyman Can getting ready

Capt. Candyman Can, sharpening for the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Sprint, had his first breeze since finishing a fast-closing second in the Oct. 9 Phoenix Stakes, going a half-mile in 48.80 seconds Tuesday at the Skylight training center near Louisville.

"He's doing great," said trainer Ian Wilkes. "I'm very happy with him."

* Wee Bit Fancy, eased in distress at the finish of the second race Sunday, did not suffer a life-threatening injury but will be retired by owner-trainer Glenn Wismer, who is donating the 6-year-old mare to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville, Ky., for adoption.

* University of Kentucky football fans will be out in force at Keeneland this Saturday and the next one, Oct. 31, closing day of the meet. A Bluegrass doubleheader is on tap both days, with kickoff at nearby Commonwealth Stadium set for 7 p.m. Eastern both nights.

* The Budweiser Clydesdales will make an ontrack appearance between races here Saturday.