11/27/2010 4:33PM

No Such Word comes on strong to win Gazelle

David Alcosser/NYRA
No Such Word (left) Terry Thompson up, wins the Gazelle.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In the last start of her training career, Cindy Jones won her first Grade 1 stakes.

Overcoming a four-wide trip under Terry Thompson, No Such Word joined the leaders at the three-eighths pole, then ran away from Awesome Maria in the final three-sixteenths of a mile to win the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths.

Awesome Maria, part of the early pace, held second by 2 1/2 lengths over Seeking the Title, who got third by a neck over Joanie’s Catch. Quiet Temper, Dubai Dancer and Belle of the Hall completed the order of finish.

“What a way to go out, I never won a Grade 1, so to win one on your last official start as a trainer it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Jones, who will relinquish the training duties to her husband, Larry, at the beginning of 2011. “She was my first win as a trainer and my last win as a trainer, so she and I will always have a special bond.”

No Such Word capped a tremendous 3-year-old campaign, winning sixth of 10 starts including five stakes.

Saturday, she raced between horses early on before Terry Thompson guided her to the four path midway down the backside. She came up outside the three pacesetters at the three-eighths pole before gradually drawing clear in the stretch.

No Such Word, a daughter of Canadian Frontier owned by Brereton Jones, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.05 and returned $5.60 to win.

“We knew today, she’d probably lay a little closer,” Thompson said. “She puts herself where she wants to be. If there’s pace in the race, she’ll be off of it, and if not, she’ll be on it.”

Jones said she was unconcerned when Thompson elected to take No Such four wide.

“That’s the way she runs. She likes it so much better on the outside,” Jones said.

Larry Jones will take over the training of No Such Word, who will ship to Oaklawn Park on Monday.