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Oct 14, 2011

Havre de Grace at Keeneland with trainer


Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Havre de Grace, owned by Fox Hill Farm, went back to the track at Keeneland Tuesday morning with trainer Larry Jones in the saddle. Fox Hill's Rick Porter noted on the farm's website that the filly galloped "very good" on Keeneland's synthetic main track.

Jones arrived at Keeneland Sunday night from Delaware Park, about five days after the filly made it to Lexington. Monday the track reported that Havre de Grace will have a breeze "probably 12 days before the Breeders? Cup."

Robert Kline had been galloping Havre de Grace at Keeneland until Jones arrived.

"She's going to breeze at least once here if she's handling the track good, and Robert said she acts like she likes it," said Jones on Monday.

Havre de Grace is almost certain to be a starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. She defeated colts and geldings in the Woodward Handicap at Saratoga last month and is sitting first in the NTRA Poll. She became just the second female to win the Woodward, joining 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. In 2009 Zenyatta became the only female thoroughbred to capture the Classic.

On Saturday, October 1 at Belmont Park the filly demolished the competition in the Beldame Stakes. She won the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares by more than eight-lengths.

Porter's horse also won the Azeri, Apple Blossom and Obeah Stakes this season. Her only blemish was a second to Blind Luck by a nose in the Delaware Handicap in July. While Havre de Grace has won both starts since the loss Blind Luck failed to fire in the Lady's Secret on October 1 and was eased down the stretch.

Havre de Grace has earned $1,323,000 this year and nearly $2.2 million in her career.

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