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Feb 17, 2012

Champion mare Havre de Grace works on Wednesday


New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Horse of the Year Havre de Grace took to the Fair Grounds track Wednesday morning for her second workout of the year. The five-year-old mare is wintering at Fair Grounds Race Course with the rest of trainer Larry Jones' stable.

Owned by Fox Hill Farm, Havre de Grace worked four-furlongs in 48 3/5 seconds and galloped out five-furlongs in 1:04 2/5 with exercise rider Jen Brasser in the saddle.

"She pulled up really good and she's moving forward nicely," Jones said. "She'll get ready real quick. It won't take her long."

Havre de Grace won five of seven starts in 2011 for more than $1.6 million. She won the Apple Blossom and Azeri at Oaklawn Park followed by the Obeah, Woodward and Beldame. She lost the Delaware Handicap by a nose to arch rival Blind Luck and was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

For her accomplishments Havre de Grace was voted 2011 champion older female along with Horse of the Year.

Jones and Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm have yet to finalize the mare's race schedule.

"We'll start trying to make a game plan here in the next week or 10 days," Jones said. "I'll wait until I gallop her back after this one and I can let Rick know if she gets a little stiff or sore or whatever. I figure we'll be ready to go in four weeks or less."

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