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Tiffany Lass: Joyful Victory back on top

Joyful Victory romps in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn
Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory, asked to show a second effort when passed by Mrs. Yoshio Fujita’s Ravi’s Song in mid-stretch of Saturday’s $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds, responded to that request with a courageous half-length tally in the New Orleans oval’s featured race of the weekend.


“I knew Ravi’s Song was coming with a head of momentum and I’ve never seen this mare get in that kind of position,” said winning trainer Larry Jones, “but I was very proud to see her second effort to come back and she gutted it out. It was a good effort. At Oaklawn (last year) whenever she got the lead, she’d be gone.”


Seven-time Fair Grounds riding champion Robby Albarado was aboard Joyful Victory.


“When she finally did (see Ravi’s Song coming) she put in that second effort,” Albarado said. “That was the deciding factor at the wire.”


Joyful Victory, who won Oaklawn’s Grade II Fantasy and Grade III Honeybee last winter to earn the favorite’s mantle in last spring’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks, returned mutuels of $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10 in the Tiffany Lass, toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.09 and increased her career earnings to $240,068 with her fourth career victory in 10 lifetime starts.


Gallant in defeat was Ravi’s Song, heroine of Fair Grounds’ $100,000 New Orleans Ladies last year. The Carl Bowman trainee ran her race for apprentice jockey C. J. McMahon but it just wasn’t good enough.


“I had the perfect trip all the way around,” McMahon said of Ravi’s Song, who paid $3.80 and $2.40. “She just got outrun.”


Finishing third in the Tiffany Lass, five lengths farther back, was William and Graydon Patterson’s Juanita, who made the pace with fractions of 24.49 and 48.67 before weakening against the top two late. She returned $2.20 for the show position.





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