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Trainers Report on Keeneland Stakes Horses

April 12, 2014: Judy the Beauty and jockey John Velazquez win the 13th running of The Madison Grade 1 $300,000 at Keeneland racecourse for owner and trainer, Wesley Ward . Candice Chavez/ESW/CSM
Photo: Candice Chavez

Trainer Wesley Ward, who ran horses in all five Keeneland stakes Saturday, said all of his runners came back fine.

“I was a little disappointed some didn’t run better, but I am thrilled with the one we got,” Ward said of Madison (G1) winner Judy the Beauty.

With her first Grade 1 victory, Judy the Beauty became Ward’s second millionaire runner to go with Men’s Exclusive, who made more than $1.4 million in his 48-race career. …

Hard Not to Like, the 13-1 shot who led a blanket finish to score her first Grade 1 victory in the Jenny Wiley, is one of four Saturday winners to reside in Barn 11. She is trained by Michael Matz. Yesterday, the barn also produced sixth-race winner World Is Watching, trained by Ben Colebrook, and two winners for trainer Christophe Clement: Good So Far in the second and Green Mask in the third.

Clement’s Discreet Marq was second to Hard Not to Like in the Jenny Wiley.

Matz said Hard Not to Like, who had not raced since Feb. 28, when she won an allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park, benefited from the layoff.

“She’s been training the best she ever has,” he said. “She’s had a couple of races where she’s had bad luck. Yesterday, everything worked out the right way.”

He said the Grade 1 Just a Game on June 7 at Belmont might be a possible next race for the Jenny Wiley winner. …

Trainer Mark Casse said that Laugh Track, who finished third as the favorite in the Commonwealth (G3), came out of the race fine and would be pointed to the $400,000-added Churchill Downs (G2) on May 3.

“I knew that the one hole would hamper him some, but I think he took a big step forward yesterday,” Casse said. …

Trainer Darrin Miller has no immediate plans for Havelock, who finished seventh as the favorite in his bid to repeat in the Shakertown (G3).

“He had kind of a rough trip, but he came back fine,” Miller said of the three-time Keeneland graded stakes winner.



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