Thoroughbred Racing

 
                     === First workout for Mark Valeski ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA  (Sports Network)  - Mark  Valeski, winner  of the  Peter Pan
 Stakes,  had his first workout Thursday morning since arriving at Fair Grounds
 Racetrack. The 3-year-old colt is owned by Brereton Jones and trained by Larry
 Jones.
 
 "Our big 3-year-olds all got the summer off," said Larry Jones, speaking about
 Believe  You Can,  Mark Valeski and Mr. Bowling, winner of the Lecomte Stakes,
 "so we'll be firing with them all down here at Fair Grounds again this winter.
 That  should  make for some  very exciting racing for  the city of New Orleans
 this winter.
 
 "Mr. Bowling will probably get his first work back in another 10 days or so."
 
 Mark  Valeski worked  three-furlongs in 36 1/5 seconds, the best time recorded
 for the distance Thursday at the track.
 
 The  colt was second in both the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star Stakes at Fair
 Grounds.  He won  the Peter  Pan Stakes  at  Belmont Park  in May  as the  6-5
 favorite.
 
 He's won half of his six career starts for $430,952.
 
 On  Monday,  Kentucky Oaks winner  Believe You Can  also had her first workout
 after  a  long vacation.  With Rosie  Napravnik riding,  the filly went three-
 furlongs in 37 1/5 seconds.
 
 "She went well. We'll probably bring her back for another work in about six or
 seven days," Larry Jones said.
 
 Believe  You Can, also  owned by Brereton Jones, had won the Fair Grounds Oaks
 in  the spring, but was third in Belmont Park's Mother Goose on June 21 before
 being given time off.
 
 The  3-year-old has  earned more than $1  million with six wins in 10 lifetime
 starts.
 
 
 
 
 
 12/06 11:51:21 ET

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