Joyful Victory, winner of the richest Thoroughbred stakes in Texas, was named the 2013 horse of the meet at Sam Houston Race Park. The 5-year-old mare is owned by Fox Hill Farms and trained by Larry Jones.
Joyful Victory (Tapit —Wild Lucy Black, by Wild Again) won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes in track-record time to start the year. She next won the Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
In other Sam Houston news, Danny Pish notched his fourth training title at the track, winning 27 races, and jockey Gerardo Mora captured his first Sam Houston Race Park leading rider title with 47 victories. Tom Durant won his second leading owner title with 16 wins.