04/11/2012 4:40PM

Keeneland: Difficult week for the Jones family

Photos by Z/Keeneland
Larry Jones with Havre de Grace at Keeneland. Havre de Grace will parade between races at Keeneland on Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Cindy Jones is recuperating in a Hot Springs, Ark., hotel after suffering multiple injuries when working with a yearling last weekend on the seven-acre farm that she and her husband, trainer Larry Jones, own near Oaklawn Park.

“She broke three ribs, broke her arm, and dislocated her shoulder,” said Larry Jones, who is here with Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year. Regarding his wife, a longtime integral part of the family training operation, Jones added with a big smile: “Other than that, she’s just fine. She’s out of the hospital already and will probably come home pretty soon to our cabin in Henderson [Ky.].”

Larry Jones said he was approached by Keeneland personnel about having Havre de Grace parade before the crowd between races Sunday. “We’re happy to do it,” he said. “I want the folks at Oaklawn to know we’re here and not there.”

Jones is upset about the 123 pounds that Havre de Grace was assigned for Friday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, a race she is skipping. “We want to campaign her, and we will do so all over the country this year,” he said. “But we’re not going to do it at an unfair disadvantage.”

Jones said Havre de Grace will have two works at Churchill Downs, the first coming next week, before making her next start in the La Troienne on the May 4 Kentucky Oaks undercard.

Meanwhile, Jones said he has been allotted 32 stalls for the upcoming spring meet at Churchill, where he will race primarily until the meet ends July 1. “We’ll keep our overflow here at Keeneland, mostly 2-year-olds,” he said. Jones has been based at Delaware Park in recent summers.

The time of Havre de Grace being paraded Sunday has yet to be announced. The Sunday feature is the Grade 2, $150,000 Beaumont Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.


JERRY STEWART More than 1 year ago
Cindy; I know every breath you take hurts, but you are tough. Please rest a bit; don't come back too quick, and you will be as good as ever. Regarding your husband, folks can put him down, call him names, hurl insults at him. Everyone that knows the "total picture" know weights, purses, fame, fortune are not the things that drive him. The care and well-being of each and every horse is the bottom line with this guy. He coddles while others run-in-the-ground. Here's a self-made man who is a better person than he is a trainer... And he's a pretty darn good trainer. Hey Larry Jones; Protect your loved ones as you have since you were a kid. Critics and detractors: Do what you specialize in.....flapping your jaws!
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
At least attempt to have a bit of class, this is ridiculous.
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Janice Palmer More than 1 year ago
Classless and pathetic. As nasty and uncalled as your comment is, I would never wish the same to you or anyone else. Have a good day. ;-)
NeilNap More than 1 year ago
wow, what a miserable excuse for a human being you are......get a life, will you?
Rufus More than 1 year ago
LOL, It's NOT the 123 lbs. It's what she has to spot everyone else. Get a life misanthropes, trainers and owners are free to pick THEIR spots for THEIR horses, and THEIR reasons for running or not running them. It's THEIR choice. Harve got beat last year a whisker, conceding a pound in weight to Blind Luck, in which that 1 pound turned out to be the difference between winning the race and losing, since both were ridden flawlessly and everyone gave their all. They expressed concern before that race why the champion mares weren't both weighted equally, and were considering not running her. Lesson learned, don't get your horse beat before they run in the race. There's always another one.
Janice Palmer More than 1 year ago
Actually, it was 2lbs., Rufus. Hollendorfer wouldn't come unless BL was spotted the 2lbs. So, this wasn't the first time owner and trainer felt short changed by company man, Pope.
D More than 1 year ago
If she gets beat on the Oaks day card I think most the racing world would think Jones and Porter deserve it. She loves Oaklawn Park and if I am correct she has never won at Churchill... Maybe she doesn't like CD I mean it wouldn't be the first time a horse didn't care for that surface. Ok unlike Jones I am going to drop it now... LOL
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
As a point of reference, in the 2004 Apple Blossom Azeri was assigned 123 pounds and was giving 4 pounds to the extremely talented Wild Spirit and 9 pounds to a G1 winner in Star Parade. Azeri didn't even go favored in the race, Wild Spirit did. Azeri's connections did not even mention the weights even though they were giving 4 pounds to the race favorite. If they didn't complain about that then Jones and Porter had no right to complain about this.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
By the way Azeri overcame her weight handicap and won the race by a length and half in one of the best performances of her career. A sign of a true champion.
D More than 1 year ago
I need to jump in and say something... I have always thought Jones was one of the best trainers in America and still think he is, but to act this way is very childish on his part. I expect owners to whine about everything after all most of them think they know everything anyway cause the have money, but for a trainer to act this way is horrible! It really shows who he is and not the person I thought he was. I would have never thought in a million years he was low class like this. I mean let it go!! You didnt like the weight ok run somewhere else but to go on and on and say things like let Oaklawn see we are here and not there, what 2 weeks after the fact is just plain dumb on his part and really makes him look cheap and low class. Move on run your talented mare where you like I for one am glad cause I will now get to watch her run live at Churchill. The problem is when I now look at the Racing Form and see Larry Jones as the trainer I now will remember him from the point of view of a pinhead and not the solid horseman he is and that is sad. To go from wishing him all the good luck in the world (because of Eight Belles) not to kinda smiling when he gets beat on the wire for continue to run his mouth about something that should be done and over with... Its just another case of how the sport I love disappoints me once again. Just train your horse ad shut up for goodness sake!!
peter More than 1 year ago
Well said. To show NO RESPECT for the Cella group is no class. Jones has always been a phoney in the media. What is wrong with us? You would have to know his background.
Loise More than 1 year ago
I wish the Jones family the worst life has to offer. We jinx you sir.
Annie Oakley More than 1 year ago
I don't understand all of the bickering and mean-spirit comments about Mr. Jones and Mr. Porter. The bottom line is that HDG is their horse, and they have to place her in a race that they think she will do best in. Racing IS about money and winning, bottom line. They need to do what is best for them and HDG. Maligning their decision (and their character) is childish....either watch and enjoy HDG, or don't!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Porter and Jones are cherry picking spots for their horse.They want to sell their product to the highest bidder and have their own way.Iapplaud OP for not giving in to their demands.Any track that gives in to them are crazy the HOY will duck any race where she may be defeated but this is the way rick porter wants it.
Janice Palmer More than 1 year ago
That's why they are going to bring her back next year at 6 if she stays healthy, LOL. If that was their main interest, why bring her back at all? Have her go out as reigning HOY.