Joyful Victory turned the tables on frequent rival Brushed by a Star,
when she won the inaugural $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic over that
one Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, and in the process set a
Joyful Victory led throughout for a 4 1/4-length win over Brushed by a
Star, and covered the 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares in 1:42.30. It
was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Sisterly Love. The win was
one of two stakes scores on the card for the trainer-jockey team of
Larry Jones and Rosie Napravnik, who also took the $75,000 Champion
Energy Services in course record time with Ikon Ike.
“This has been a good night,” said Jones.