By J.J. Hysell
Joyful Victory, the gray daughter of Tapit trained by Larry Jones, has been retired and will be entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Select Sale, Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms announced Monday.
Joyful Victory finished third in Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park, won by Beholder.
In a statement on his website, Rick Porter said: “I have decided that Joyful Victory has done all and more than Larry Jones and I have asked of her during the last four years. I have been very proud to race Joyful Victory in the red and white silks of Fox Hill Farm, but it is time for her to begin her career in the breeding shed.
“She will fit right in with any of the top broodmare bands worldwide. She is by the top sire, Tapit and is his leading earner in 2013 and 5th leading lifetime earner. She ticks all the boxes to be a successful broodmare.
” I went to Santa Anita yesterday hoping to see her win her last career start but it was not to be. At least I was able to witness her final race. Joyful Victory won or hit the board in 12 of her 16 starts in graded stakes. She raced at 10 different tracks. She retires with a record of 20-7-5-4 and was a millionaire with earnings of $1,252,679. She has been entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Select Sale and will be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. I sure will miss watching this gorgeous gray mare race at the top of the sport.”
Career highlights for Joyful Victory, an Ontario-bred out of the Wild Again Mare Wild Lucy Black, include the 2011 Fantasy and Honeybee Stakes and the 2013 Santa Margarita Stakes.