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Divine Beauty, Cassatt both out of Rachel Alexandra

  • Divine Beauty (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

Brereton Jones' Divine Beauty and Fox Hill Farms' Cassatt will not run in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, trainer Larry Jones advised Sunday morning during training hours at Fair Grounds.

The Rachel Alexandra is Fair Grounds' designed prep for the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, to be run on Louisiana Derby Day, March 29, on the penultimate day of the current racing season in New Orleans.

Two Larry Jones-trained fillies that he campaigned in the last six years -- Proud Spell in 2008 and Believe You Can in 2012 -- parlayed their victories in the Fair Grounds Oaks to victories in the Kentucky Oaks a few weeks later in the spring. However, neither one of those won Saturday's second leg of Fair Grounds' three-race sophomore fillies series.

"Divine Beauty came out of her last work just a little puny so we decided to back off on her a little bit," Jones explained Sunday morning. "She's just not quite like I want her to be. I can't really find anything wrong and we haven't even stopped on her training. In fact, she galloped this morning.

"With Cassatt, we discovered a little issue yesterday, so she won't be running in the race this Saturday either," he continued. "It looks like we're going to miss this round entirely.

"But like I told my owners, 'You know, (2011 Horse of the Year) Havre de Grace wasn't too good as a three-year-old, and if either one of these fillies turn out to be as good as Havre de Grace we'll be in good shape.'"

Fox Hill Farms revealed on its Facebook page that Cassatt has a shin fracture.

"I got an early text from Larry Jones saying he had just X-rayed Cassatt and sent the X-ray to Dr. Bramlage for his opinion," Fox Hill Farms principal Rick Porter posted on the site. "She has a fracture of the shin. Dr. Bramlage suggested that Larry jog and shed row her on alternate days for a month. It is nothing serious.

"Unfortunately, we will miss some serious training but the long range outlook for her is excellent. Larry and I think she is about 10-11 weeks from a race if all goes well."

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