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Jones On Martiniontherocks


Published: October 26, 2010 10:31 am ET

Last Comment: October 27, 2010 6:57 pm ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Horsemen usually have trouble sleeping before big races. Trainer Dustin Jones had his sleepless nights after watching two-year-old trotting filly Martiniontherocks score a 30-1 upset in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final at Pocono Downs.

It was the biggest career victory for the 49-year-old native of Melbourne, Que., and it could not have been timelier.

"That really felt good," Jones said. "It's been such a struggle since Montreal closed down (in 2008). Mr. Godin (Serge, owner of Martiniontherocks) stayed with me when others bailed. He had confidence. I heard from people I hadn't heard from in years. It got me thinking about so many things. I didn't sleep well for a few nights after. I still think about it, still see her coming down the stretch."

His plan was to race the filly last week in the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, but after winning the 'Crown,' Jones opted not to truck her to Kentucky.

Instead, she's due to finish her campaign with the November 6 Goldsmith Maid Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack (eliminations will be taking place this weekend).

"She came out of the race really good. I'm looking forward to the next one," Jones said.

Ron Pierce, who drove the Conway Hall filly in the Breeders Crown in place of regular pilot Sylvain Filion, will again be paired with her. "It's his drive to lose now," Jones said.

(A Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)

October 27, 2010 - 6:57 pmNice job dusty , i am really

Nice job dusty , i am really happy for you

October 27, 2010 - 11:04 amCongratulations

Ronald Hess SAID...

Congratulations Dustin....Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

October 26, 2010 - 2:40 pmCongrats Dustin!! It was fun

james inglis SAID...

Congrats Dustin!! It was fun to watch.

October 26, 2010 - 1:32 pmWay to go Dustin - glad to

Way to go Dustin - glad to see you doing well.

October 26, 2010 - 12:24 pmWay To Go Dustin, I am very

Way To Go Dustin, I am very happy for both, You and Mr.Godin, HARD WORK IS SUPPOSED TO PAY OFF ! I wish you the best !

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