Quotes $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

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

“I’ve owned this filly for a few years now, and I’m just elated. Any time you can have a home- court advantage (the horses have) a big advantage and that’s what this filly had. She trains here every day. She’s just outstanding.”

 

On whether Judy the Beauty will compete in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)

“We’re there.”

 

John Velazquez (winning rider)

“(The trip) was perfect. I talked to Wesley before we went out and asked him what the best thing was for her – inside, outside? She broke well enough. When the speed went and when I saw Rajiv (Maragh on Groupie Doll) in front of me (I knew) that’s the horse to follow. I got right behind him and tried to get the jump on him before he got running.”

“When my horse responded right away, I was a little surprised at how quick we got by (Groupie Doll). I was very proud of the way she did it. Not only that, but she had to put up a fight with the other horse (Gypsy Robin) inside.”

 

Garrett Gomez (rider of runner-up Gypsy Robin)

“She left the gate really good and traveled beautiful for me. When we came off the turn, we started sprinting and she fought hard with that other filly. She ran a really good race. She did everything I wanted her to do. She just wasn't as good as the winner today.”

 

Mike Puype (trainer of Gypsy Robin)

“She ran great; she outran the best mare in the country (Groupie Doll) on her home track. The filly who won is also two for two at Keeneland."

 

Rajiv Maragh (rider of third-place finisher, 1-2 favorite and champion Groupie Doll)

“She tried hard, just got a little outfinished today by the other two. She was in a good position turning for home, and when I asked her to run, she tried. The other horses just outfinished her at the end.”

“You can’t win every time, I guess. She was pretty dominating last year and this race came up a little tough. The horse that beat her has good credentials. It’s always disappointing when she loses because you’re used to her winning. But all in all she ran a fair race.”

 

William B. “Buff” Bradley (trainer of Groupie Doll)

“Rajiv got her to rate. He said she broke sharp, and she was laying right where we wanted to be. We were in a good spot all the way around. She just got outrun. I'm not happy about it, but that's the way it is. It looks so far like she came back good, so we'll look at her back in the barn and go from there.”

 

Harry Vega (rider of fourth-place finisher Purely Hot)

"She wasn't there for us today. That's all. She's been there for us all year."

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