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Long Overdue

Posted by on 4/28/2014 10:44:23 PM

They say good things come to those who wait and Gary Jones has waited a long time to be elected into the Hall of Fame but it is long overdue and most deserved.

Since I came onto the scene in 1977 in Southern California, Jones was one of the best trainers in the West. He had his horses ready to run just about every time. He was great with first-time starters and he could get horses to win off an extended layoff.

And he had a good eye for a claim and for a purchase.

For the record online sports betting site players should know that he won nearly 1500 races in his career, which started in 1975 and ended effectively in 1996. He won a total of 233 stakes of which 102 were Graded stakes. His starters have earned nearly $53 million.

He won 15 training titles in Southern California, ranks in the top 7 in stakes wins at Santa Anita and is 10th all-time in stakes wins at Hollywood Park.

He also won the inaugural Pacific Classic at Del Mar with Best Pal, also a Hall of Fame performer.

One of the best traits about Jones was his ability to get every ounce of talent out of a runner. His trainee Kostrama set a world record at 9-furlongs on turf and his student Time to Explode tied a world record sprinting.

Continuing the success and talent of Gary is his son, Marty, who also plies his trade in Southern California and the apple doesn???t fall far from the tree.

Marty had a solid 2013 and he is hitting at 25% this year. Although he doesn???t seem to have the same base of clients his father had, Marty still uses some of his dad???s ploys to get horses into the winner???s circle.

In the last 5 years Marty has won at a 17% clip, 47% of his starters have been in the money and the median payoff of his winners was nearly 3-1.

When he puts the tack on a first-time starter, he is much more potent with Maiden Special Weight runners than maiden claimers.

Marty is master at getting horses to relax and one of the ways to do that is to take the blinkers off. In the last 5 years when he switches to blinkers off on a runner, that racer has won 7 of 11 times or 39% and 2 others ran second at 9 and 13-1.

The younger Jones is also realistic when he spots his runners. When he has a Maiden Special Weight runner and he enters that runner in a maiden claimer, his starters have won 10 of 42 and 13 others ran into the money.

Marty can also get horses to win off extended layoffs. In the last 5 years when he has brought a runner back after being away for 180 days or more, he has won with 15 of 83 runners or 18% with a median payoff of 9-2 and 22 others ran in the money.

Finally, try to stay away with he stretches a runner out from a sprint to a route but double down when he cuts back in class and sprints a horse after that racer was routing. In that category, Marty has won with 15 of 65 the last 5 years or 23% with a median payoff of 7-2.

Trainers in California will still have a hard time keeping up with the Jones???.


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