08/15/2012 8:46AM

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

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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.