03/04/2011 3:51PM

Oaklawn: Honeybee Stakes prospect Joyful Victory will add blinkers

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Barbara D. Livingston
Joyful Victory will make her first start since finishing fifth in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in next Saturday's Honeybee.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Joyful Victory will add blinkers next Saturday when she makes her first start since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race will share a card with the Grade 3, $125,000 Razorback Handicap.

Joyful Victory could go favored on the heels of a 2-year-old season in which she ran fifth in the Breeders’ Cup and third in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park. She joined the stable of trainer Larry Jones in January after beginning her career with trainer Tony Dutrow.

“We’re going to try blinkers,” Jones said Friday. “When we got her down here – we never had really been around her – and of course, the new surroundings and things like that, I thought maybe she was just clocking stuff a little too much.

“But we put them on her and she seems to be doing much better. She would get a little spooked coming off the track, find reasons to jump and play and carry on. With the blinkers on, she comes home much nicer. So, we’re going to try it. We think it’s worth the gamble.”

Jones said Mike Smith will ride Joyful Victory, who races for Fox Hill Farm. The filly is scheduled to have her final work for the Honeybee on Monday. Jones has one other potential starter for the Honeybee in Summer Soiree, who wired a Jan. 30 allowance field to earn a Beyer Figure of 85.

“They’ll both work on Monday,” Jones said. “We’ll make some kind of final arrangements and look at the weather forecast. If the weather forecast is dry, the track being tight, Summer Soiree will run as well. If it looks like it’s coming up mud, we may ship her to Turfway for the Bourbonette.”

The Honeybee card will be a busy one for Jones, who has the comebacking Winslow Homer for the Razorback. It will be the horse’s first start since he took the Curlin at Saratoga in August. Jones said Smith would also be aboard Winslow Homer.

Hearts On Fire possible for Honeybee

Hearts On Fire is another potential starter for the Honeybee, which is a stepping-stone to the Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn on April 10. She won an entry-level allowance route at Oaklawn on Feb. 27 by two lengths over the Grade 2-placed Mambo Fever. The effort impressed her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

“It was very professional for the third race in her life,” he said. “She settled in real nice and was able to kind of wedge her way out when she needed to and beat a couple of 4-year-olds in the process.

“We’ll probably take a look at the Honeybee.”

Holy Heavens, winner of the $75,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn on Feb. 12, is being pointed for the Honeybee, said her trainer Benard Chatters.