Havre de Grace

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Anne M. Eberhardt

Havre de Grace Breezes Half Mile

Horse of the Year pointing toward season debut on March 17.

Horse of the Year Havre de Grace breezed a half mile in :48 3/5 Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, her second official workout in advance of her 2012 debut.

The 5-year-old mare, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, was among the first horses on the track when training hours began at 6 a.m. and posted the first timed move of the morning. Working from the half-mile pole to the finish line with exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard, Fair Grounds clockers recorded splits of :12 3/5, :24 2/5, and :36 1/5, as well as a five-eighths gallop out time of 1:04 2/5.

“She pulled up really good and she’s moving forward nicely,” trainer Larry Jones said. “She’ll get ready real quick. It won’t take her long.”

The $100,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds and the $150,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, both on March 17, remain under consideration for Havre de Grace’s next start.

“We’ll start trying to make a game plan here in the next week or 10 days,” Jones said. “I’ll wait until I gallop her back after this one and I can let Rick know if she gets a little stiff or sore or whatever. I figure we’ll be ready to go in four weeks or less.”

Also Wednesday morning, Fox Hill’s Joyful Victory returned to the track for the first time since a game win in the Feb. 11 Tiffany Lass Stakes.