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Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI
John Wieczorek’s Instant Style, unhurried early, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and was up to best Fox Hill Farm’s favored Joyful Victory by three-quarters of a length in Wednesday’s $53,000 Fair Grounds feature, an allowance optional $62,500 claiming event for fillies and mares at about one mile over the Stall-Wilson turf course.


The winner, trained by Bobby Springer and ridden by James Graham, paid $21.40, $6.40 and $3.40, toured the distance over firm going in 1:40.99 and increased her career earnings to $154,410 with her fourth lifetime win in 28 career starts.


Joyful Victory, favored in last year’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks after winning Oaklawn’s Grade II Fantasy and Grade III Honeybee Stakes, was always well placed, could not withstand the winner late but courageously gained the place by a head over Hal Snowden Jr.’s Bet On the Blue.


Making her turf debut and away from competition since the Grade I Coaching Club Oaks at Saratoga July 23, Joyful Victory returned $2.80 and $2.20, while Bet On the Blue paid $2.60 to show.


Bobby Joe Hammer’s Miss Heather Lee made the pace with splits of 26.46 and 52.07 before tiring to fifth.


Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.




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