Updated 08/15/2012 09:41 AM
The Spa Spot: Believe You Can won't enter Alabama
Trainer Larry Jones says that Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can will not be entered in Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama.
After watching her work five furlongs in 1:02.78 Monday at Saratoga, Jones decided she looked tired to him and decided to skip the race.
Entries will be taken today for the historic $600,000 Alabama, one of the premier events every summer on the calendar at Saratoga Race Course. Believe You Can was one of four Grade 1 winners expected to compete in the Alabama.
Believe You Can, bred and owned by former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones, who is not related to the trainer, won the Fair Grounds Oaks before capturing the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks. Napravnik worked the horse Monday and was scheduled to ride her on Saturday.
In her only start since the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can finished third, beaten nine lengths in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 23 at Belmont Park.