Judy the Beauty leads on the outside down the stretch.
The $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) features older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3) winner Judy the Beauty was sent off as the 3-1 favorite in the field of 10. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Stonetastic, second in the TCA (G2) after winning the Prioress (G2), and 9-2 third choice Artemis Agrotera, winner of the Gallant Bloom (G2) and the Ballerina (G1).
Paco Lopez sent Stonetastic to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 22.51 and 44.87 while pressed by 30-1 Southern Honey and 5-1 Leigh Court. At the top of the lane, Judy the Beauty, 4th early, came out 5 wide for room to gain the lead through 3/4 in 1:09.35. 23-1 Better Lucky rallied from 10th early but Judy the Beauty held her off by a head in 1:21.91. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to 40-1 longest shot Thank You Marylou third.
Judy the Beauty wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7 Judy the Beauty Smith 8.20 4.60 3.60
8 Better Lucky Castellano 16.40 10.00
4 Thank You Marylou Velazquez 13.80
Winning Time: 1:21.92
$2 Exacta 7-8 68.00
$2 Trifecta 7-8-4 1,209.40
$2 Superfecta 7-8-4-3 8,441.00
Left: Judy the Beauty in the winner's circle with Dennis Ward, father of owner-trainer Wesley Ward, in the cowboy hat and assistant trainer Blake Heap to his left. Wesley Ward said by phone from Florida, "She just digs down deep in her soul. That was amazing. Very few horses run with as much heart as she does. She just has a desire to win."
Right: Mike Smith celebrates by tossing flowers. Smith said, "Absolutely dynamite. I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Almost every step of it, except for almost getting caught. She broke extremely well which at times can be very crucial for her because sometimes she gets away really bad. I was happy about that; one of the best she's ever left the gate. We saw that work at Keeneland. We knew she was ready."
The trophy celebration with Dennis Ward, father of owner-trainer Wesley Ward, on the far left and assistant trainer Blake Heap holding the trophy. Wesley Ward added, "She will head back to Kentucky. I had thought about retiring her, but there is no doubt that Keeneland is absolutely her favorite track. I just want to give her another chance to win at her home track. I'm just elated with this whole weekend."
Left: Second place finisher Better Lucky almost catching Judy the Beauty at the wire. Trainer Tom Albertrani said, "She ran really well. I thought we might have had a good chance at the 1/8 pole, but the winner just kept us far enough away to get beat by a head. She's a super filly. This was her last race and I'm really going to miss her. You could not have a more honest horse in the barn."
Right: Third place finisher Thank You Marylou in the post parade. Jockey John Velazquez said, "Perfect trip. She's a 3-year-old running against older. She gave a good effort. I don't know about that (speed bias) because look at the horse that won. She was laying fifth. I can't blame it on the speed."
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