08/15/2012 9:46AM

Saratoga: Believe You Can will miss Alabama, sent to farm for a freshening

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, shown working on Monday, will be freshened at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can will skip Saturday’s Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga and very possibly could miss the remainder of her 3-year-old season, trainer Larry Jones said Wednesday.

Jones said that he has not been particularly pleased with how Believe You Can has trained recently and believes his filly may simply be tired from her early season campaign. Jones vanned Believe You Can to owner Brereton Jones’ Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky. where she will get a minimum of 30 days off.

“She hasn’t had a brilliant work since the Mother Goose,” Jones said Wednesday morning, after dropping Believe You Can off at Airdrie. “All four or her works she has put in had lacked a little bit of luster. She was working good, but this filly works pretty brilliant when she’s going to run big. She really touts you in her work, she wasn’t doing that.”

On Monday, Believe You Can worked five furlongs at Saratoga in 1:02.08.

Jones said that Believe You Can will not make the Breeders’ Cup this fall at Santa Anita. He said that “in a perfect world,” she could make the Grade 1 Gazelle at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.

However, Jones said if Believe You Can needs more than 30 days off, she wouldn’t run again until next year as a 4-year-old.

In addition to winning the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can this year won the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and the SIlverbulletday Stakes. In her most recent start, Believe You Can finished third in the Mother Goose.

Entries were to be taken on post positions drawn later Wednesday for Saturday’s Alabama. Expected to enter are Grace Hall, In Lingerie, Questing, Sea Island, Uptown Bertie, Via Villaggio, and Zo Impressive.

Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
Putting the needle in tem, is not the solution, giving them an rest is much and much better. Lasix is just an powerful diurectic,horses are suffering more, than it is beneficial to them
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
I don't get it when it come to Lasix. This happened before Lasix.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
This is why we need to get Lasix out of the sport. We have seen too many horses like this, and it is widely believe that Lasix is a caused of a lot of horses not being able to race like they used to. There are a lot of old-timers who are probably spinning in their graves if they are hearing this, especially those that would race horses every two weeks like they used to back in the day.
B More than 1 year ago
Good god, what have we created?! Such delicate little blossoms these horses are today. I was born in the wrong era.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
You're right there. This era is full of warehouse trainers who don't know how to work on a horse. Every one of the top trainers,east or west coast, inject joints, drown a horse with clenbuterol, and rush them to the next race. At least Jones is sending her for a rest rather than inject her with everything under the sun.
JERRY STEWART More than 1 year ago
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Finally. A trainer giving a horse a needed rest. At least Jones pays enough attention to know when the horse is telling him something.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Yeah man, that head-bob ain't always a thank you.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Thanks Chad. I needed a laugh.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
This is sad news. I really like Believe You Can. If she needs a rest, she needs a rest. I hope all it is - that she needs rest and a chance to heal and recharge. She's a talented filly and it would be a shame not to see her race again. I wish her a wonderful, healing, regenerative vacation, and I hope to see her back at her best, at the top of her game, again next year.
Gee More than 1 year ago
Another one race wonder
JERRY STEWART More than 1 year ago
She wins 4 stakes races and she's a one race wonder. That's either a good filly or somebody can't count past one. Her works are telling her owner & trainer "I need a break" & that's what she's getting. Good call, Jones & Jones!