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Martin Jones

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  • Born: Oct. 27, 1971 in Arcadia, Calif.
  • Residence: Pasadena, Calif.
  • Family: Single.
  • Tiz Flirtatious has performed extremely well since Jones gave her a nine-month break after the 2012 La Canada S. (G2). “She was just kind of worn out from that race,” said Jones. “We took our time bringing her back. When she’s right, she’s really special. We’ve been wanting to try her on the turf.” She returned at the end of 2012 to win the California Cup Distaff Stakes and finish second in the Matriarch S. (G1). She began 2013 by winning the Valentine Dancer S. at Santa Anita and added the Santa Ana S. (G2) there. At Betfair Hollywood Park she ran second to Marketing Mix in the Gamely S. (G1), and at Del Mar she won the John C. Mabee S. (G2). All have been on the turf.
  • Grassy, who finished second in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, was Jones’ fourth Breeders’ Cup starter, following a third with Tres Borrachos in the 2011 Dirt Mile, a third with Unzip Me in the 2010 Turf Sprint, and a 13th in the 1999 Juvenile with Hugh Hefner.
  • Grassy, who closed out 2012 in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2), is on the comeback trail after a minor injury, first hitting the work tab on Sept. 5. He races for Jones’ father Gary, Button Stable, and longtime client George Hicker. Formerly trained by Christophe Clement, Grassy won the 2011 Bowling Green Handicap (G2) before running third to Cape Blanco (Ire) in  that year’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1). Agent Steve Young purchased the horse at age 5 for $220,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November fall mixed sale.
  • California-bred Unzip Me finished a closing third in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint against a field made up mostly of males. Appeared headed back to the Breeders' Cup in 2011, but went in the Cal Cup instead, winning the Distaff. Unzip Me concluded her career early in 2012 with 14 wins from 25 starts, nine stakes wins, three of them graded and earnings of $959,228.
  • Jones took over training of Tres Borrachos in 2011. While in Jones’ care, the gelding won the San Diego Handicap (G1) and placed in several graded stakes in addition to his third in the Dirt Mile. Tres Borrachos raced races for owner George Hicker, who coincidentally owned Made of Jade, the first career winner Jones saddled in 1996.
  • One of the trainer's most accomplished runners was Alphabet Kisses, a multiple stakes winner in 2004 and ’05. In 2005, young Jones posted a trifecta of sorts by saddling Alphabet Kisses to win Hollywood Park's A Gleam Invitational Handicap in 2005, a race won by his father in 1993 with Bold Windy and by his grandfather, Farrell Jones, 1965 with Kea.
  • Jones had his best year to date in 2010. He saddled 41 winners of more than $1.8 million. Stakes winners Unzip Me and Compari were the best in his barn that year.
  • Saddled his first winner, Made of Jade, after taking over his father’s stable after his retirement in 1996 ... Posted his first Grade 1 victory as a trainer when Auriette won the 1996 Gamely Handicap at Hollywood Park ... Other major winners: Bilo, Scholars Studio, High Standards, El Don, Debutante Trick, Lucky Primo and Sharekann.
  • Marty grew up on the racetrack, following in the footsteps of his father, Gary, and grandfather, Farrell, both considered legends in the sport. He began working for his father at age 16 as a hot walker and continued as an assistant until his father retired. "I've never worked for anyone else," Martin Jones says. "I learned everything I know from my dad."
  • Jones was 19 and working for his father when Best Pal won the inaugural Pacific Classic at Del Mar in 1991. Best Pal was owned by the late John and Betty Mabee.
  • Assistant trainer is Martel Castenada. Castenada was the groom for Best Pal for Jones' father, Gary. Castenada's father, Vinny, worked for Jones' grandfather, Farrell and now works for Marty.
  • Bases his 50-horse stable year-round at Hollywood Park, but splits his stable during the Santa Anita meet, stabling some at the Arcadia track.
  • Middle name is Farrell, after his grandfather.

Breeders' Cup Record

1999JuvenileHugh Hefner13th
2010Turf SprintUnzip Me3rd
2011Dirt MileTres Borrachos3rd

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