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.
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.