Owner-Breeder Marie D. Jones Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

by | 09.09.2015 | 8:19am
Marie D. Jones

Marie D. Jones, along with her late husband Aaron, is one of the highest profile owner/breeders in the past 40 years.  Together, the Joneses enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses and in the sales ring.  They bred or campaigned multiple champions, including Ashado, Speightstown, Riboletta, Lemhi Gold and Tiffany Lass.  The Joneses also bred graded stakes winning horses like Drosselmeyer, Nikishka, Ida Delia, Valdez, Cajun Prince, Danebo and Western, and campaigned Forestry, Sunriver, Prime Timber, La Zanzara, and Miss Musket among many others. Marie continues to be a prominent commercial breeder.

Statement from Marie Jones:

As an owner and a breeder of thoroughbred horses, I believe that humane treatment and fair competition of our horses are the core values of the sport of thoroughbred racing. Until there is unification, the rules governing anti-doping and medication use will be unable to assure the integrity of competition or sportsmanship.

I support The Water Hay Oats Alliance in its efforts to institute drug free racing in America and to present our sport as one with integrity and a level playing field. These goals can only be accomplished through the appointment of USADA, whose administration will lead to and put in force a new world of no medication.

  • Mike

    Good on them… I can see in my lifetime some water hay oats condition races across the US: maidens, allowance (several levels) and stakes races–with large purses.

    We can actually reverse all the incentives and behaviors in racing IF we make the largest purses and most prestige rest with races with the condition that no drug use allowed (and compliance with strict random, anytime testing).

    Owners, trainers, breeders, the bettors will line up behind these races–more transparency, a new era. And we will see some new stars in our trainers, horses, even our sires and dams…

  • David Rose

    Do they even race anymore?

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