Quotes from the $300,000 Madison (G1)

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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

“I think so. She’s getting a lot more composed as she gets older. She used to be a little bit fractious saddling and a little nervous in the post parade. Now she just walks into the gate with a lot of class. I think it’s all come to her and hopefully it continues on the rest of the summer.


John Velazquez (winning rider)

“Perfect trip. She broke really well. That’s where I wanted to be: a little close to the lead. She got (the win) pretty easy.”


Javier Castellano (rider of runner-up Better Lucky)

“She likes to run far. I think (the Madison) was too (much of a) sprint for her, but she gave me a really good run. I’m very satisfied the way she did it today; first time trying the synthetic and she handled it well. She was second-best today. Turning for home, I didn’t think we could catch Judy the Beauty but (Better Lucky) never looked back, she just kept running and deserves a lot of credit.”


Shaun Bridgmohan (rider of third-place finisher Apropos)

“I would have liked an outside post. She’s a big filly with a big stride, and she was stuck down there on the inside. I got her clear late, and she came running.”


Al Stall Jr. (trainer of Apropos)

“The inside draw was tough. She ended up second last and had to circle them. Once she got a little room she came on with it. We’re nominated to the Humana Distaff (G1 on May 3 at Churchill Downs) and will take a long look at that.”


Neil Pessin (trainer of fifth-place finisher Eden Prairie)

“I wish she would have held on for third. It would have been a Grade 1 placing. She ran hard. Speed is not really holding today, and she set the pace the whole way. I am not disappointed in my filly at all. I don’t want to run against the winner ever again.”


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