Brereton C. Jones' homebred Believe You Can, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Oaks (GI) has been retired, according to a Daily Racing Form report. On Friday morning, trainer Larry Jones said that the filly would rest at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud and undergo a medical check-up after she was declared out of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) on Thanksgiving Day.
Larry Jones had been enthusiastic about Believe You Can's planned return to racing in the Falls City following a five-furlong work in 1:00.80 at Churchill Downs last Saturday. Believe You Can last competed in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (GI) on May 27 at Belmont Park, where she ran sixth to Tiz Miz Sue. She has a career record of 14-8-0-2 and has earned $1,280,324.
Jones felt good about Believe You Can's progress until Monday, when he was in the saddle when she returned to the track for a gallop.
“She galloped out a mile (in the work) and I was very pleased with it,” Jones said. “The next day she ate and did everything right, but she was knocked out. She wouldn't hang her head out of the stall, but it was okay – there was no heat or anything. Then the next day I galloped her and she galloped okay, but boy, when horses would come by her she had nothing. She wouldn't even try to go with them and that's not her.
“Then when she did that a second day in a row, I told Brery that she's not going to be ready to run Thursday.”
Jones is awaiting results of the tests performed on Believe You Can, which he hopes will explain her lack of enthusiasm in her training.
“They're going to do some blood work,” he said. “She's perfectly sound. Maybe she was getting sick. It's just one of those deals – you know that she was not going to be racing in 10 days. Hopefully, she's just got a little bug.”
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