Believe You Can is a 3-year-old filly bred and owned by Brereton C. Jones and conditioned by trainer Larry Jones. Believe You Can is a daughter of Airdrie Stud stallion Proud Citizen out of the El Prado mare El Fasto.
Believe You Can broke her maiden as a 2-year-old in her second attempt in July 2011, then won a six-furlong optional claiming race at
During the Winter at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, Believe You Can won the Jan. 21 Silverbulletday Stakes and then ran a dull fourth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles. She then wired the field in the Fair Grounds Oaks. After her score in the Fair Grounds Oaks, Believe You Can was dismissed by bettors in the Kentucky Oaks (gr.I) as she was sent off at odds of nearly 14-1. Believe You Can ran past Broadway's Alibi in the stretch to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by three-quarters of length while the 5-2 favorite Grace Hall rallied to finish third.