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Breeder of Henbit dies.

HELEN DRAKE JONES, the breeder of 1980 Derby winner Henbit, died, aged 80, at her Lexington, Kentucky home on November 16.

Jones, who was born in Lexington and owned Mineola Farms, was the widow of Jack G Jones snr and the mother of former Fasig-Tipton general manager Jack Jones jnr. Her father,

E Gay Drake, was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Club of America and the owner of Swoon's Son, a

22-time stakes winner during the 1950s.

A son of Hawaii, Henbit won the Derby from Master Willie for owner Etti Plesch, trainer Dick Hern and jockey Willie Carson.

Unfortunately, he finished lame and never ran again after fracturing a

cannon-bone during the last two furlongs of the race. In all, Henbit won four of his eight starts, including the 1980 Classic Trial Stakes and Chester Vase.

Henbit began his breeding career at Airlie Stud and finished it at Helshaw Grange Stud as a jumps stallion before his death in 1997. He sired 152 individual winners from 454 starters, including 12 black-type winners.

He was out of the stakes-winning mare Chateaucreek. Her daughter Turk O Witz was the dam of Grade 1 winners Mr Purple and Queens Court Queen, and Listed winners Sister Queen and Turkaro. Another daughter, Chateaubaby, produced Grade 3 winner Fantastic Fellow.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2003
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