Ben Jones

Is This The Year Baffert Catches Up To Jones With An Unreachable Sixth Derby Victory?

Having been raised on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., near the Mexican border, and having ridden during his teen years in a fair share of those I-bet-my-horse-can-outrun-yours races that were so common in the Southwest, he once thought that having a 20-horse stable at Rillito Park would be — well, that it would be proof […]

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Motion On The Verge Of Meet Record At Keeneland

If trainer Graham Motion wins Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) with Bill Crager’s Rachel Wall, he will earn his fifth stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet and set a record for the most stakes wins by a trainer during any racing season at the track. His four stakes victories tie him with Racing Hall […]

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West Virginia’s Original Derby: The Saga of Tri-State Fair Grounds

  Until recently, it was widely accepted that the first running of the West Virginia Derby occurred at Wheeling Downs in 1958. But it is now known that a Thoroughbred stakes bearing that name was run three times during the mid-1920s at Tri-State Fair Grounds near Huntington. Tri-State did not operate for long. It began […]

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Naughty Or Nice? Derby Winners’ Temperaments Run The Gamut

It’s well known that Kentucky Derby winners come in a variety of sizes, running styles, and pedigrees, but they also exhibit a wide range of personality types. Derby-winning Thoroughbreds, like their owners, have had unique temperaments resembling everything from oversized puppies to fire-breathing dragons. Whether some of them have won because of their unique dispositions […]

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In His Own Way, Baffert Keeping Up With the Joneses

It doesn’t happen often and it may be a bit of a stretch, but a pair of Thoroughbreds trained by the same connections, who appear to be a near lock in this year’s Kentucky Derby, bring back memories of 1948 when Citation beat Calumet stablemate Coaltown on his way to a signature Triple Crown. Coaltown was no slouch.  He […]

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Training for the Triple Crown: How Times Have Changed

Trainer Art Sherman said he plans to breeze Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome one time during the three weeks between the May 17 Preakness and June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit had no timed workouts between the May 3 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Since winning the Grade 2 San […]

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Harder Than it Looks: Winning Back-to-Back Derbies No Easy Feat

As racing fans are sure to attest, having a horse win the Triple Crown is a rare event. After all, it has been 36 years since Affirmed edged Alydar to win the 1978 Belmont Stakes and earn the Crown. Another accomplishment that tends to be overlooked somewhat is how difficult it is for a trainer […]

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Triple Crown Newsreel: Whirlaway, 1941

Whirlaway already had quite a following by the time his 3-year-old season got underway. Trained by the legendary father-son duo of Ben and Jimmy Jones, “Mr. Longtail” had scored victories in the 1940 Hopeful Stakes and Breeders’ Futurity on his way to being named co-champion 2-year-old (along with Our Boots). Owned and bred by Calumet […]

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