Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eight Belles Trainer Puts Himself Out To Pasture

Eight Belles, with Trainer Larry Jones

Larry Jones, who trained this year's Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles, says he will retire after the 2009 Breeders Cup.

"I'm just physically tired, and it seems like I have a hard time keeping everybody happy," Jones said. (

Jones fell under intense scrutiny after Eight Belles' tragic collapse and death at this year's 2008 Kentucky Derby, criticism that he told the AP, "took a toll on his life."

This coming year's run for the roses will be Jones' last shot at the Kentucky Derby victory that has eluded him throughout his career. Along with Eight Belles, Jones trained Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell and Derby runner-up Hard Spun.


Eight Belles' trainer Jones to retire (Associated Press)

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