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Joyful Victory pulled from consideration for Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
By Brad Free
A good runner-up finish by Joyful Victory in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita was not quite good enough. Trainer Larry Jones, after consulting with owner Rick Porter, said Tuesday that Joyful Victory would not run in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and instead return to Kentucky.
“We took our best shot, and the water is just going to get deeper,” Jones said. “Royal Delta is coming in, Love and Pride and Questing are the real deal, My Miss Aurelia … it’s a deep pool to be swimming in.”
Joyful Victory finished 3 1/4 lengths behind Zenyatta winner Love and Pride, and a half-length in front of third place Include Me Out while carrying five pounds less than those two. In the Breeders’ Cup, Joyful Victory would carry equal weight and her odds would likely have been 20-1 or higher. The likely favorite is Royal Delta.
Jones said Joyful Victory would return to Kentucky later this week and could run Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes at one mile. Joyful Victory has won four races and $625,068 from 13 starts. Plans call for her to stay in training next year as a 5-year-old.
“We’re still looking for that elusive Grade 1,” Jones said. “And who knows? Maybe that prep the other day was a prep for the 2013 Breeders’
Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup in 2012 and 2013.
Yeah, but maybe she needed that race and is going to run the race of here career in the next one. But we won't know that. Oh well.
Lots of respect for the connections. She had no chance here and they are doing right by the horse.
Look at this, a trainer who is thinking of the horse. I'll bet Pletcher and Baffert would have run her. Great call Larry Jones.
She would have a shot, there are plenty of other races. It's nice to see someone think of their horse, and not their ego. Good call.
Joyful Victory will get her Grade 1 victory I'm sure. Personally I was hoping just to get an opportunity to visit her in the Paddock. Have a safe trip back home!!! She is beautiful
She should try her hand at sprinting. Seven furlongs I think would be right for her.
I agree, there is a deep set of competitors in the 2012 BC Ladies' Classic. Joyful Victory took a big step forward this weekend, she's on the upswing. I have faith in her, she will get that Grade 1 victory her connections are looking for, and more to add to that, and next year she will be a worthy contender in the 2013 Breeders' Cup races. Good luck to you throughout the rest of 2012 and all of 2013, Joyful Victory!
Santa 'Nita again and again... What about Oaklawn ? Can that joint handle it?
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