Wilmington, Del., July 4, 2011 — Havre de Grace, locally owned by Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 this morning at Delaware Park in preparation for her engagement in the mile-and-a-quarter $750,000 Grade II Delaware Handicap on July 16.
“All is well,”” said trainer J. Larry Jones who won the Delaware Handicap in 2005 with Island Sand. “She worked this morning. It was just a little move forward towards her work next week, but all is well and she is right on schedule.”
Trainer J. Larry Jones ranks Havre de Grace as possibly the best horse he has ever trained.
“I even said that before we actually raced her the first time,” said Jones. “I thought she was showing me signs of being a very special horse. Hard Spun was very very nice. Unfortunately we do not know how good Eight Belles was going to get, but she sure was good. Proud Spell and Kodiak Kowboy both won Eclipse Awards and they were both special. But I think Havre de Grace is as good or better then anything we have ever had.”
Other works from this morning include: J W Blue, a possible for the Barbaro on July 9, breezed four furlongs in :49.00; Millenia, a possible for the Robert G. Dick on July 9, breezed five furlongs in :59.60; and Yankee Passion, another possible for the Barbaro, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.