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Judy the Beauty Gets Elusive Grade 1 Win in Madison; Hard Not to Like Rallies Late to Win The Grade 1 Jenny Wiley

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Owner-trainer Wesley Ward’s ultra-consistent Judy the Beauty notched the first Grade 1 victory of her career by romping to a 2 ½-length victory over Better Lucky in the 13th running of the $300,000 Madison on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Quotes from the $300,000 Madison (G1)

Wesley Ward (winning owner and trainer of Judy the Beauty)

“I’m ecstatic. She’s been so unlucky so many different times when she’s been beaten right on the money. To finally vindicate with a Grade 1 (victory) is just unbelievable.”

 

On whether Judy the Beauty is getting better with age

Keeneland Sale Graduates Showcased in Saturday Graded Stakes

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Forty-seven graduates of the Keeneland sales are entered in Saturday graded stakes, dominating the fields for the day’s two major Kentucky Derby (G1) preps – the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and the Arkansas Derby (G1).

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G1), Keeneland, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs 

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 10

VIDEO: TOM LEACH TALKS TO CHARLIE LOPRESTI ABOUT WISE DAN AND INTERVIEWS CONNECTIONS OF TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDERS BIG BAZINGA AND CASIGUAPO

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews trainer Charlie LoPresti about two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who is entered in Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) for his 2014 debut. Click here to watch.

Leach also interviews:

Fields Set for Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and Madison Set on Saturday

Defending champion Centre Court faces nine in Jenny Wiley; Judy the Beauty seeks elusive Grade 1 victory in Madison

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014) G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court will attempt to join Intercontinental (GB) (2004-2005) as the only repeat winners in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) when she takes on nine rivals in the 26th running of the 1 1/16-mile grass test on Saturday.

Last Full Measure Holds Off Byrama to Win 12th Running of $300,000 Madison (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2013) – St. George Farm Racing’s Last Full Measure survived a claim of foul from runner-up Byrama (GB) to win the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares by a diminishing neck on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

A five-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Slewvescent mare Lady Slusan, Last Full Measure is a Keeneland sales graduate.

Quotes - $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1)

Phil Oliver (winning trainer of Last Full Measure)

On why he chose to run her in the race

“I guess it just took me a while to figure out she wanted to sprint. The race didn’t seem like it was coming up that tough so we just decided we’d take a shot and it turned out pretty good.”

 

Corey Nakatani (rider of Last Full Measure)

Keeneland Moving Madison Stakes To Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Day

Blue Grass Day now Features Three Grade 1 Stakes Races and $1.625 in Stakes Purses

LEXINGTON, KY (February 4, 2013) – Keeneland is moving the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) to Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Day, Saturday, April 13. With the addition of the Madison Stakes to the lineup, Blue Grass Stakes Day now features five stakes races—three of which are Grade 1—worth $1.625 million.

 

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