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|Mar 31 2012||Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds||II||1 1/16 Miles||1||REPLAY|
|Feb 25 2012||Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds||III||1 1/16 miles||4||REPLAY|
|Jan 21 2012||Silverbulletday Fair Grounds||1 Mile 70 Yards||1||REPLAY|
|Oct 30 2011||Pocahontas Churchill Downs||II||1 Mile||6||REPLAY|
|Oct 2 2011||Tempted Belmont Park||III||6 Furlongs||1||REPLAY|
Larry Jones trained 2011 Horse of the Year Havre De Grace who defeated the males in the G-1 Woodward Stakes. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he has had success in the Kentucky Oaks with victories by Believe You Can in 2012 and Proud Spell in 2008. Jones just missed winning the Kentucky Derby in back-to-back years as Hard Spun and Eight Belles both ran second in 2007 and 2008. Jones has also trained top horses Friesan Fire, Island Sand, Old Fashioned, Mr.
Anna "Rosie" Napravnik
Napravnik burst on to the racing scene in 2005 when she made her first career start a winning one aboard Ringofdiamonds. In 2006, she captured all four riding titles at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park and was runner-up as the nation’s top apprentice. Rosie became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks when guiding Believe You Can to the historic win in 2012. She has been the regular rider for champion Shanghai Bobby who provided her with her first win in a Breeders Cup race. She won the riding title at Fair Grounds Race course in back to back years 2011 and 2012.
Brereton C. Jones
Brereton Jones was the Governor of Kentucky from 1991-1995 and is a founding member of KEEP (Kentucky Equine Education Project). In 2008 he was the recipient of the Warner L Jones Horseman of the Year Award for outstanding service to the thoroughbred industry. Jones and wife Libby are the owners of Airdrie Stud in Lexington, Kentucky which stands 10 stallions including Proud Citizen. Airdrie has bred over 135 stakes winners and has sold horses at public auction over the last 30 years. They are consistently among the leading breeders in the country.
Believe You Can gutted out a head win in the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks and shouldn’t have any problem with the Kentucky Oaks’ nine furlongs being a daughter of Proud Citizen.
Though the stallion’s average winning distance shows up as 6.8 furlongs, he’s already had a Kentucky Oaks winner in champion Proud Spell. Like Believe You Can, that filly captured the Fair Grounds Oaks en route to glory under the Twin Spires in 2008.
Proud Citizen reputed himself well at routes of grounds, running second in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness Stakes and winning the Lexington Stakes in 2002.
Proud Citizen is also the sire of Kentucky Derby prospect Went the Day Well, who captured the Spiral Stakes last month, giving the stallion a shot at having the winner in both the Oaks and Derby this year.
Proud Citizen comes from a star-studded line, being a grandson of Mr. Prospector and a great-grandson of Secretariat through his sire, Gone West. He is also a great-grandson of Buckpasser through is dam, Drums of Freedom.
Believe You Can gets some talent from her dam, the El Prado mare El Fasto, as well. The mare is a half-sister to Grade 2 vixen Classic Elegance.
This female family has also produced Grade 2 victor Rush Bay as well as Grade 3 winners Chorwon and Basket Weave.
Proud Citizen has done well when crossed with the Sadler’s Well sire line of El Prado in the past, producing such runners as multiple stakes scorer Citizen Advocate and Group 3 victress Torre Laguna.
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