KY Oaks Winner Believe You Can Starts Season

KY Oaks Winner Believe You Can Starts Season
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Believe You Can makes her 2013 debut in the Tiffany Lass Stakes.
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Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can returns to Fair Grounds Feb. 2 to make her 2013 debut in the $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes against five other older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Believe You Can won the Kentucky Oaks last spring following her score in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) five weeks earlier. She won two of three starts at the Crescent City oval during her 3-year-old campaign.

Two-time defending Fair Grounds Oaks jockey champion Rosie Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks aboard Believe You Can and was also up for her Fair Grounds Oaks tally. She returns in the irons on the Larry Jones trainee in the Tiffany Lass.

Brereton Jones' Believe You Can, a daughter of Proud Citizen   who has not raced since finishing third in the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park last June, has been installed as the 7-5 choice in the morning line following several recent bullet works at Fair Grounds.

Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management’s Cheerleader, who is undefeated in two starts at Fair Grounds this winter, appears to be the main source of competition for Believe You Can and is pegged as the 7-2 second choice. In her most recent start Dec. 27 she was the wire-to-wire winner of an allowance optional claiming race. Miguel Mena gets the mount on the Bret Calhoun trainee.

Not to be discounted in the Tiffany Lass is Coffeepot Stables’ Imposing Grace, who lost by a half-length to Cheerleader in their Dec. 27 duel but was forced to alter course that day. Trained by Wayne Catalano, Imposing Grace followed up that runner-up run with a win against similar competition Jan. 18. Jockey James Graham will be aboard at 4-1 in the line.

Completing the Tiffany Lass field, with respective jockeys and early odds, is Stonestreet Stables’ Glinda the Good, Brian Hernandez Jr. (9-2); Barrett Bernard’s Snuggs and Kisses, Leandro Goncalves (6-1); and Merrill Scherer and Dan Lynch’s Myriad, with Shaun Bridgmohan (15-1).
 

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