Larry Jones to Train Normandy Invasion

by | 06.19.2014 | 8:43am
Normandy Invasion, seen winning at Gulfstream Park

Multiple graded stakes-placed Normandy Invasion has been moved from trainer Chad Brown's stable and will now be conditioned by Delaware Park-based Larry Jones.

Owner Rick Porter released the following statement early Thursday via Fox Hill Farm's Facebook page:

“I have moved Normandy Invasion over to Larry Jones. I consider Chad Brown a fine trainer and a personal friend, but we just haven't had the right luck together with Normandy, and I need to try something new.”

  • Tinky

    Given Chad’s PPs. I’m sure that he took the news very well.


  • mike

    Can’t fire the horse – so u fire the trainer!

  • Teresa Bossow

    Maybe NI needs to drop in class to get a win now

  • Colin Dopson

    You have to be or have been a race horse owner to understand
    their special mind-set. They have a somewhat superstitious approach to racing
    their horses. They see the combination of trainer and jockey as a special duo that
    must be either juggled or maintained. If the horse is doing well, leave things
    as they are. If the horse is not doing well, juggle things around. Let’s
    pretend that Normandy I. had been racing all his life to date out of Larry Jones’
    stables. In such a case, the owner might easily have shipped him over to Chad
    Brown to “try something new” hoping for an improvement in the horse’s
    performance. It’s the nature of the game. An owner does not aim to impose any
    ill-will on his trainer nor does the trainer infer any ill-will from the owner
    in the scenario in which a horse changes stables. In this game, one believes
    that there is a certain “luck of the nick” when it comes to horses being
    assigned to trainers and jockeys being given the mount on horses, the same “nick”
    that owners seek when sending a brood mare off to a different stallion each
    breeding season. This is not an exact science, but an art that is heavily
    skewed toward gut feelings and just plain luck.

    • Convene

      Sometimes a certain horse and a certain trainer just, “click,” and no one really knows why. Chad Brown seems to be a fine trainer and of course I’ve always been a Larry Jones fan. Maybe this horse will improve with Larry. It was probably worth trying.

  • kyle

    I always thought we’d eventually see him on turf. Maybe not, though. If you were going to make that move you’d think you’d want Brown to engineer it.

    • EG

      Strange that Porter made no comment about other horses he transferred from Brown to Jones.

  • elkton stable

    Sometimes a switcheroo and change of scenery with a different approach can bring a horse around. Chad Brown cannot be faulted here, his horses always look very well prepared with every detail addressed. Equally Larry Jones is an excellent horseman. It will be interesting to see if there is a change in this horse’s performance and more interesting to see what may cause these changes if they happen. My guess with all due respect to the parties involved is that they won’t and a graceful exit is in the cards for this horse.

  • Michael Castellano

    Always expected big things from Normandy Invasion, but that has not been the case. It may be that he’s one of those horses that will do his best in his latter years.

  • togahombre

    good 2yo and early 3yo,but thats it, he hasn’t improved at 4

  • we’re watching

    Excellent news, glad to see horses moving to trainers with more barn space than the mega trainers. Go Larry Go.

  • Kevin

    Not sure what to make of this horse. His only wins are over Tiz Chris and Chee. As a 3yr old his good races also look suspect. Perhaps he is just not that good of a horse. He is also a tweener. He can’t compete with the top milers, as evidenced by the Met Mile but he is not really a horse you think is going to win the 10f JCGC or 9f Whitney either. Turf maybe, because right now he is just not an elite dirt horse.

  • Real fan

    There is a term in European racing called “training on,” and it refers to horses improving with age. A brilliant 2 yr old does not necessarily mean it will be a brilliant 3 yr old and so forth. The slower and more immature horses often develop into better types. Most owners in American racing do not understand this concept. They are fixated on win percentiles and perceptions. Horsemanship is rewarded with a slap in the face and what have you done for me lately!

  • Bellwether

    Good move…

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