Believe in Royalty, a superby-bred son of Tapit and out of the Kentucky Oaks winning mare Believe You Can, tuned up for his next appointed round in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park later this month with a 5-furlong work at The Fair Grounds this morning.

The strikingly-handsome gray toured the fast dirt surface in 1:02 flat, which was the 8th best breeze out of 17 to go the distance this morning.

Trainer Larry Jones was right there to supervise the move, and report back to owners Robert C. Baker, William Mack and Brereton C. Jones.

We first profiled this rapidly-improving 2YO colt about a month ago, when he was facing winners for the first time at Laurel Park in Maryland. Despite an experience disadvantage, his blew away that field, going wire to wire in impressive fashion to grab his second straight victory in a row.

Considering his guy’s stellar pedigree, and abundance of speed, it will be very interesting to observe his progressions and ability. If ever there was one born to run, it will be this one.

Here is what Bret Jones, who works with his father, former Governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, Brereton Jones, at Airdrie had to say:

“Believe in Royalty has always been a colt that (trainer) Larry (Jones) thought time would greatly benefit. He’s always shown talent, but now the game is starting to slow down for him and he’s really starting to understand that life is more fun when you get to the wire first. He’s coming into the race at his best to date and hopefully we can come out of it with a really exciting 3-year-old prospect on our hands.”


Racing will return to the historic Fair Grounds on Thursday, and there is a 3-year-old filly that may be worth tuning into watch and turning on in your stable mail.

In the 7th race, a $43,000 Allowance-Optional Claimer, red hot trainer Al Stall will send out Economies of Scale, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats who just so happened to break her maiden by a whopping 11th lengths in her last start.

It was only the third career start for Economies of Scale, a daughter of Congrats and out of the Carson City mare, Wicked Delight.

After a rather dubious beginning, when she ran 7th out of 9 at Saratoga back on Aug. 23, Economies of Scale came back to nearly break her maiden at Churchill Downs in September, when she ran second, beaten only 3/4-length at the wire in the 1-mile dirt test.

But it was just a matter of time. In her very next start, on Nov. 4, Economies of Scale was entered in a 11/8-mile test on the turf at Churchill Downs. Due to rain and cool conditions, though, that race was moved over to the dirt. Facing only four others, the filly didn’t waste any time or give any room for doubt. After stalking the early lead, she took command coming out of the turn and immediately opened up by 31/2 lengths. At the wire, she was some 11 lengths in front, and appeared to be pulling farther away.

It was impressive. On Thursday, she will move up to face winners for the first time. Normally, that can be a most demanding and difficult challenge. And, according to our good friends at, the top horse to bet may be Miss Gracer, who is coming out and off a good performance against tougher at Keeneland in October.

Yet, it will be interesting to watch how Economies of Scale, will react. This relative newcomer could have a super future soon.


The queen of the Fair Grounds has returned. Farrell, owned by breeder Coffeepot Stables and trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup-winning conditioner Wayne Catalano, has taken up residence at the course over which she swept the three local Grade I Kentucky Oaks preps last season — the Listed Silverbulletday Stakes, Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes and Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks.

“She’s doing great,” Catalano said. “I’m happy with her. We thought about running her in the (Grade II) Falls City (at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24), but it was too close to her last race. We don’t have any plans just yet, but she will work soon. I’m in no rush just yet.”

After a disastrous run and eased last-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks as the post time second choice, the daughter of Malibu Moon was given the summer off. Returning in the Listed $100,000 Dogwood Stakes on Sept. 23, the half-sister to multiple Grade I winners was a lackluster fifth, beaten 10¼ lengths under regular rider Channing Hill. She righted that wrong next out with a stylish victory in the Grade II Chilukki Stakes, besting older mares.

“You always like to see them come back and get better from two to three,” Catalano continued. “I’m happy she’s doing good right now and we’ll look at big races next year.”

While no plans are set in stone as far as a race, Catalano did say that the Apple Blossom and other such Grade I events are the goal with the soon-to-be 4-year-old filly.


Reigning Louisiana Derby champion and Grade I winner Girvin is doing well on the farm, according to owner Brad Grady. The son of Tale of Ekati has been enjoying his down time at Grand Oaks in Ocala, Florida, the farm owned by Grady, and will return to training later this winter in the Joe Sharp barn at the Fair Grounds.

“He’s doing well right now and we are giving him 60 days to relax,” Grady said. “He needed the time and we thought we owed it to him. In January we’ll probably start training him and putting some light exercise into him. He’s a man on the farm right now. He’s full of himself.”

No immediate goals have been established for the dark bay colt, but Grady did say that a return to Grade I company is the goal before the winner of the Grade I Haskell Invitational eventually heads to stud.


Charles Fipke’s Forever Unbridled and Seeking the Soul, each exiting Grade I wins and both aiming to the $16-million Grade I Pegasus World Cup, have arrived at their winter base of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and have resumed training.

“The mare is doing great,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “She jogged and I haven’t decided when I’ll breeze her yet. Both she and (Grade I Clark Handicap winner) Seeking the Soul are doing very good and are very happy. I’m glad to be back in New Orleans. I already tore up some gumbo and some oysters.”

Stewart confirmed that both horses are being aimed toward the Pegasus, the richest race in the world. No riding assignments have been finalized, as journeyman John Velazquez rode both in their last-out triumphs, including a championship-clinching Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory by Forever Unbridled.