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Wesley Ward was all smiles Sunday morning following the first graded stakes victory by his Judy the Beauty in Saturday’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

“The filly is doing good and the owner-trainer is doing better,” Ward said. “This is her home track and that home-court advantage is big in all sports.”

Never worse than third in 11 previous starts, Judy the Beauty had placed in six graded stakes before breaking through Saturday under John Velazquez, who rode her for the first time.

“She ran very well for Johnny,” Ward said. “The mount is his for as long as he wants it.”

The victory earned Judy the Beauty a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Ward said Judy the Beauty will do all of her major preparation for the Breeders’ Cup here.

“Last year, I shipped her out to Hollywood Park two weeks early,” Ward said. “She worked in :59, but she bled and I shipped her back home the next day. I like to ship in right on top of the race, so we will stay here and go on the last plane out there (the week of the Breeders’ Cup).”


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