06/15/2010 11:00PM

Jonesboro gets rest; may be retired


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jonesboro is being freshened at his Lone Star Park base and will not be defending his title in the Grade 2 Cornhusker later this month at Prairie Meadows. Trainer Randy Morse said Wednesday that owner Mike Langford is starting to make some decisions about the horse's future and retirement is a possibility. Another option is a fall-winter campaign for Jonesboro, who has had some problems handling the heat in his last two starts at Lone Star.

"The horse is fine physically, other than the heat," Morse said.

Jonesboro was an uncharacteristic seventh when attempting to defend his title in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile in late April. After the race, he was found to have symptoms of heat stroke. He recovered and after turning in two sharp works, ran back in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 31. Jonesboro was seventh and again overheated, Morse said.

"Mike's making decisions right now," Morse said. "There's not a big rush about it. Breeding season is not until after the first of the year."

Jonesboro, an 8-year-old horse, has won 14 of 48 starts and more than $1.5 million. He is a son of the Fappiano stallion Sefapiano, and his dam is the champion racemare Mom's Command. Jonesboro ran arguably the best race of his career in last year's Cornhusker, for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109.

Golden Yank to Cornhusker

Golden Yank, a multiple stakes winner who in his last start was fifth to Redding Colliery in the Lone Star Handicap, will run next in the $300,000 Cornhusker, trainer Gary Thomas said. He will ship from Texas to Iowa early next week. The race will be run June 26.

Golden Yank's richest win, the $350,000 Oklahoma Derby in fall 2008, came at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Cornhusker.

"I think it's a good spot for him," Thomas said.

Thomas said he felt Golden Yank was at a tactical disadvantage last out in the Lone Star Handicap, with speed holding that afternoon.

"Those closers didn't have much of a chance," he said.

Thomas also might take Greeley's Conquest to Prairie for the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap on June 25. A multiple stakes winner of close to $500,000, he was freshened after finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Ack Ack at Churchill in November.

"He's got to work here again, and we'll see how he does," Thomas said.

Both horses race for Millard R. Seldin.

* Green Digger, who has won his last four starts by a combined margin of 23 lengths, will make his turf debut Friday night in the sixth race, a second-level allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs. His main rivals are Doctor Brasch and Que Deseo, who is a half-brother to the Grade 2-winning turf mare Wasted Tears.