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Sep 09, 2011

Havre de Grace to go back against females

By: SPORTS NETWORK


Stanton, DE (Sports Network) - Newly crowned Woodward Stakes champ Havre de Grace is back home at Delaware Park and is already being pointed toward another race. The four-year-old filly arrived at Delaware Park Sunday morning from Saratoga.

"We left early to beat the traffic, and the trip was fine," said trainer Larry Jones late Sunday morning. "She came out of the race well, and everything is good."

Owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, Havre de Grace duplicated Rachel Alexandra's Woodward victory this past Saturday. They are the only two females to ever win the 1 1/8-mile race. Two years ago as a three-year-old Rachel Alexandra edged Macho Again in the Woodward.

Coming next for Porter's filly will be the 1 1/8-mile Beldame for fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 1. It would be her last start before the Breeders' Cup World Championships the first weekend in November.

"More than likely it will be the Beldame, depending on the next couple of days," said Jones. "But she came out of the race very, very well."

Havre de Grace has won seven of 13 career starts for just under $2 million.

"Believe me, we're considering both (the Ladies Classic and the Classic)." Jones said after the Woodward victory.



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