Larry Jones has possible Triple Crown horse

Updated: December 22, 2013

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Trainer Larry Jones sent out the winner of
Saturday’s $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds and now has plans to make
for the 2-year-old colt.

Owned by former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones, Albano posted a 1 1/4-length
win in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl as he notched his second victory in three
career starts.

“We’ll do what we always do,” said Larry Jones on Sunday. “We’ll try to get on
the Triple Crown trail with Albano, try to bring him up to the Lecomte (Jan
18), go on and shoot next for the Risen Star (Feb. 22) and then the Louisiana
Derby (March 29). The idea is rack up enough points to get on to the Kentucky
Derby, but of course we have to take these things one step at a time.”

Two years ago, Jones had Mark Valeski, Albano’s half-brother, at Fair Grounds
where he finished second in both the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby.

“I feel this one is better to get around (two turns) than Mark Valeski did,”
said the trainer. “We felt that ‘Mark’ was a little speedier and had more
acceleration than this horse but we are high on him. We hope he does what Mark
Valeski did and maybe one better.”

In 2009, Larry Jones swept Fair Grounds’ three-race Kentucky Derby prep series
with Friesan Fire. Owned by Fox Hill Farm and Vinery Stables, Friesan Fire won
the Lecomte, Risen Star and Louisiana Derby and was the post-time favorite for
the Kentucky Derby.

“We’ll just keep trying until we get it right,” Larry Jones said. “As for
Albano, we’ll just hope he turns out to be a few steps better than his older

Albano, the 3-2 Sugar Bowl favorite, has banked $58,100.