Captain Joy is a Standardbred Mach Three gelding out of a Talk About Class mare, Lady Joy, who was foaled in New South Wales, Australia on the 20 October 2005.
His racing career began as a 2 year old in May 2008 with his first two starts being relatively unspectacular as he finished mid field in races at Harold Park Paceway in Sydney. He then traveled to Queensland to compete in the Kevin Seymour series. After a win in his heat he finished second in the Group 1 final. He returned to Sydney and recorded four successive wins including the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge. During this race really, Captain Joy raced three wide for most of the race and broke the Australasian record for 2yr olds over the distance of one mile. Shortly after that, Captain Joy traveled to Victoria for the Australasian Breeders Crown in August 2008. He won the race, which was marred by a spectacular fall which knocked out four horses on the final bend. He commenced his 3yr old career at Harold Park in late November 2008 win a win on Miracle Mile night. His next start saw him set his seasons best time of 1.54.0 in a largely unremarkable race at Menangle Park.
Over the next few months he traveled up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia chasing the Victorian, Queensland and NSW Derbies. He won all three comfortably. The Queensland Derby was notable as he broke the all comers track record only to have it broken later in the night by Mr Feelgood in the Inter Dominion Grand Final. Towards the end of the season he won the 3yr old version of the NSW Breeders Challenge before heading to Victoria for the Breeders Crown. This resulted in his only loss for the season when he took sixth.
Captain Joy is trained by Susan Hunter who trains all of Marie Ross’s horses. He has been driven in most of his races by Australia's premier driver Gavin Lang although Robbie Byrnes drove him earlier in his career including his first Group 1.
All of Lady Joys offspring have made it to the races and have either won or been placed in Group 1 races. This feat was recognised in 2009 when she was named Australian Broodmare of the Year.
- ↑ http://www.macarthuradvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/captain-joy-takes-charge-of-derby/1499323.aspx Captain Joy takes charge of derby
- ↑ http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi?ID=71238 Captain Joy crushes Queensland Derby field
- ↑ http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,25938641-5016494,00.html Favourite Captain Joy fares well in Breeders Crown draw
- ↑ http://www.harness.org.au/news-article.cfm?news_id=12506 2009 Australian Harness Racing Awards