Backstretch Snapshot of the Day: Joyful Victory

Since I focused on a longshot yesterday, today I will highlight the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite, Joyful Victory.

I had the privilege of being up close and personal with the daughter of Tapit this morning as she ventured to the track for some light training. In typical Larry Jones fashion, the trainer was aboard Joyful Victory himself, and her ears were pricked in curiosity of her surroundings as she made the jaunt to the track.

While the dozens of spectators that were capturing her morning routine weren’t typical for the filly, she seemed to enjoy every minute of it, as Jones joked with the crowd that Joyful Victory relishes all the attention she can get.

Even though my ungloved fingers were freezing while exposed to the unseasonably cold temperatures the morning of May 4, I couldn’t help myself from snapping a few photos of Joyful Victory, who is looking to boost her status to grade I winner in the Oaks.

I talked with owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms a couple weeks ago about Joyful Victory, and he spoke highly of the sleek gray, who is one of two daughters of Tapit entered in the Oaks. The other is Zazu, trained by John Sadler for Jerry and Ann Moss.

“Larry says she’s training terrific…we think Oaklawn and Churchill’s surfaces are very similar, so we think she’ll like the (Churchill) surface,” said Porter, referring to Joyful Victory’s decisive scores in the Honeybee (gr. III) and Fantasy (gr. II) at the Arkansas track. She won those two races by a combined margin of 15 3/4 lengths.

“Larry said, ‘You really haven’t seen her run yet. She’s had two very easy races, but you’re going to see her run on Oaks Day. So when Larry tells you that, it’s usually a good sign. I really think she has a lot of talent, and she has a great way of going.”

Past features to help you handicap the Oaks:

Joyful Victory Favored in Deep Oaks Field

Bakers Dozen Set for Kentucky Oaks

Daisy Devine: Cinderella Story of the Oaks

Lilacs and Lace: Ready for Lilies

Kathmanblu: An Unlikely Superstar


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She is a beautiful filly.  Thank you so very much for sharing the photograph with us.  

04 May 2011 2:19 PM
Maurice Miller

She is a georgeous filly and appears to be pretty tough too

04 May 2011 4:01 PM
Criminal Type

I really like this filly and think Larry Jones is fantastic trainer. I really like the fact that he rides his horses. This is a tough field and I have a weird fondness for unfashionble stallions. Case in point, Daisy Divine. I really really like Kafwain. I can't wait to see The Pamplemousse's first foals. Also the Flower Alley fillies are tough. He is doing very well with his daughters and they will probably end up being good producers in the future. Then there is Kathmanblue. I don't think there is a hotter stallion out there in his price range right now. She's a nice filly and hope she gets back to the winners circle soon. Summer Soire is also another one who I really like and her sire War Front is on a roll for sure. Im thinking I will obstain from betting this year. Too many good horses in the Oaks and Derby.

04 May 2011 5:34 PM

I will be rooting for the Tapit fillies in the Oaks.  I love grays and Tapit gives us so many talented ones!

04 May 2011 5:39 PM

I am positive JV will not win the Oaks good looks and all. She will not even hit the board. She is however a nice looking filly who like her dad will not like the CD track.

05 May 2011 12:36 AM

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