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Jones has said he’ll keep himself busy despite retiring as a trainer. But it’s no accident he made it to Churchill and Pimlico. He also plans to go to the Belmont this year. He gave Friesan Fire plenty of rest leading up to the Triple Crown in part because it could allow him a chance to experience each race one more time.

Other trainers are happy to see him out at the track. And they’re sad to see him go.

“He’s a true, true class act, and it’ll be a loss to the industry,” Mine That Bird trainer Chip Woolley said.

Jones is well-loved around the sport in part because, Stute said, he is an “old-fashioned horseman” who cares about the one-on-one attention than the promotion and media attention.

“He just seems like such a class person,” Stute said. “I asked him yesterday, ‘Are you really retiring?’ Because the sport needs guys like that.”

And after this year’s Breeders’ Cup, horse racing will lose one more of those men.

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