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Owner Says Albano Won't Go in Kentucky Derby


By Dick Downey

According to a report published in a blog called The Midway Messenger, Brereton Jones will not enter Albano in the Kentucky Derby.

Albano, trained by Larry Jones and fifth in the Louisiana Derby on March 29 -- and moved up to fourth on the disqualification of In Trouble -- has enough points to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate, but Jones, in what is a rare display of owner restraint at this time of year, said he isnt' ready. Jones made a similar decision about Mark Valeski in 2012.

“We could push him into the Derby, and he’s beaten several other horses who will be running in it.” Jones told the publication. “I could be making a mistake by not doing that, but I don’t think so.”

Owner Jones said the decision was a mutual one with trainer Jones. They think Albano needs more seasoning.

“If you want your son to be a good athlete … you let him go out and play with the guys who may be tougher than he is, he’ll get stronger, and he’ll become a better athlete. That’s the way with some of these horses.” Jones said. “It’s like if you look at a high school football player, you can see … if he’s going to be a real athlete or may need another year or two to reach his peak.”

The outcome could have been different if Albano had placed in first or second in Louisiana.

“He very well could have done that, but he was fouled,” Jones said according to the report.

In the Louisiana Derby, Albano was bumped on the backstretch and forced out by In Trouble, causing him to go four wide on the second turn. Vicar's in Trouble won the Louisiana Derby, beating Albano by 10 1/4 lengths. Albano came within a nose of winning the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. Intense Holiday nailed him at the wire for the victory.

The story was originally generated by By Darius Owens of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

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