08/06/2012 8:10AM

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

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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.