After all, Street Sense, whose remarkable rail-hugging victory under Calvin Borel in the
“Mario is a big lift for us,” said Jones, who trains the
Jones still can’t believe how so many jockeys could ignore Street Sense and Borel, and let them roll unmolested along the rail for most of the race.
“Carl is a very good friend of mine, and Calvin rides for me on occasion,” Jones said. “But, trust me, I’m gonna try everything I can to make sure there’s no Triple Crown winner in 2007. I kept telling Calvin before the
“How can Calvin can ride the rail the way he did and have 15 jockeys give him the rail just like they did in the Breeders’ Cup. Calvin doesn’t think about going anywhere else until option eight or nine. He should have had a bulls eye on him. I don’t want to sound like sour grapes, but it is a little more bitter knowing that if they hadn’t gotten that trip, I might have had a
Jones said Hard Spun, owned by Fox Hills Farms, is training at
“It’s remarkable how well he came out of such a strenuous mile and a quarter race and his trip back to
Jones said as of now, Hard Spun probably will not work before the Preakness. “We’ll see how well he’s doing and play it by ear,” Jones said. “If he needs to blow off some steam well let him do it, but right now no workouts are planned.
“He’s up to a point where he’s starting to run very fast, as fast as horses run here, and I don’t think running back in two weeks after the six weeks off is going to hurt him at all. He's a big strong horse and he came out of the Derby in great shape.
In other Preakness news:
Steve Asmussen confirmed Thursday that Curlin definitely will run in the Preakness, bringing the prospective field to 11.