Joyful Victory and Arienza headline a field of five for the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 10 at Oaklawn Park.
The Fantasy is the 3-year-old filly highlight of Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South, which culminates with the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 16. The 1 1/16th-mile Fantasy will be the 10th of 11 live races with a post of 5:47 p.m. CDT and will stamp one filly’s ticket to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6.
Fox Hill Farm’s Joyful Victory (1-1) enters the Fantasy off a spectacular win in the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) for trainer Larry Jones. Making her second start of the year in the Fantasy, Joyful Victory showed promise as a 2-year-old with a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and third in the Frizette (gr. I). The Tapit filly will once again have the riding services of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.