08/06/2012 8:10AM

Ellis Park: Joyful Victory, Sassy Image among 11 entered for Gardenia


Joyful Victory and Sassy Image are among an unusually strong field of 11 fillies and mares entered to run Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Gardenia Stakes, the annual showcase event at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky.

Trainer Larry Jones said he has been particularly pleased with the recent training of Joyful Victory, a 4-year-old filly with multiple graded wins. Joyful Victory, with Gabriel Saez to ride, was assigned post 3 in the one-mile dirt race.

Sassy Image, a two-time Grade 1 winner, will be making her fourth start since her last victory, which came in the Princess Rooney at Calder in July 2011. The 5-year-old mare has Robby Albarado named from post 11.

From the rail, the Gardenia field: Salty Strike, Juanita, Joyful Victory, Formal Plan, Absinthe Minded, She’s Picky, Holiday Soiree, Ridgester, Find the Humor, Toxis, and Sassy Image.