09/19/2012 4:39PM

Belmont Park: Ward eager to see what Judy the Beauty can do in Gallant Bloom

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Wesley Ward says he expects a big race from Judy the Beauty in Saturday's Gallant Bloom.

ELMONT, N.Y. – To say trainer Wesley Ward is looking forward to running Judy the Beauty in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park would be an understatement.

“I’m so excited to run her my toes are wiggling,” Ward said Wednesday by phone from Keeneland.

Judy the Beauty, beaten a nose by Emma’s Encore in the Grade 1 Prioress at Saratoga on Aug. 4, was one of 10 fillies and mares entered for the Gallant Bloom, a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

Judy the Beauty has never finished worse than second in six career starts. She was beaten a nose in the Prioress when Emma’s Encore got up in the last jump for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens. Emma’s Encore also is in the Gallant Bloom.

Ward is the sole owner of Judy the Beauty, and while he believes her true calling will be going a distance of ground, he plans to keep her sprinting for now.

“She’s a sprinter because of me,” Ward said. “Her breeding suggests she wants to go further, and the way she trains, she looks like she wants to go further, and I plan to do that next year.”

Ward said Judy the Beauty, a daughter of Ghostzapper, came out of the Prioress in excellent shape and added that her most recent workout, a five-furlong move in 1:00.01 was “the best she had ever worked in her life.”

Ward said Judy the Beauty worked with Jeter, a horse from trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s barn, and that his filly broke off four or five lengths behind and galloped out well in front.

“I’m going into this race very, very excited,” Ward said. “You can’t have a horse going into a race any better than she’s coming into this race.”

Judy the Beauty will break from post 4 under Joel Rosario.

The Gallant Bloom, run at 6 1/2 furlongs, drew Grade 1 winners Musical Romance, who drew post 9; and Turbulent Descent, who drew post 10. Emma’s Encore, another Grade 1 winner, drew post 7.

Others entered include Roman Treasure, Island Bound, Dust and Diamonds, C C’s Pal, Mildly Offensive, and Risky Rachel.

Ward eyes other stakes

Judy the Beauty was one of three horses that finished second in a Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga for Ward.

Gypsy Robin, who finished second to Contested in the Grade 1 Test, is headed to Keeneland for the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes on Oct. 20. Gypsy Robin is 2 for 2 on synthetic surfaces.

Sweet Shirley Mae, runner-up in the Spinaway, is a candidate for the Matron on Sept. 30 or the Frizette on Oct. 6.

Ward said that he may run Almost an Angel in the Frizette. Though Almost an Angel has had success on the turf, she has been training so well on the dirt that Ward said he may give her a try over that surface.

Handsome Jack, second in the Grade 2 Sanford, is being pointed to the Grade 2 Futurity here Sept. 30, Ward said.

Reid mulls new equipment for Poseidon’s Warrior

Poseidon’s Warrior, upset winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, will have some new equipment for the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Oct. 6, but trainer Butch Reid isn’t sure what that will be just yet.

Poseidon’s Warrior bore out badly in a workout at Saratoga following the Vanderbilt and was kept out of the Forego on closing weekend of the meet.

On Sunday, Poseidon’s Warrior worked five furlongs in 1:01.67 at Parx Racing, equipped with a Haughton bit, one considered more severe than what he wore during the Vanderbilit.

While pleased with the move, Reid said he may opt to use a run-out blinker on Poseidon’s Warrior instead. Reid plans to work Poseidon’s Warrior in a run-out blinker over the weekend.

“I’m going to breeze him with the blinkers on him and see which seems to be easier on him,” Reid said.

Saratoga Snacks to Empire Classic

Saratoga Snacks, the 3-year-old New York-bred who won an open-company allowance race by four lengths here Saturday, will be pointed to the $250,000 Empire Classic here Oct. 20, trainer Gary Sciacca said.

After losing his debut at Saratoga in August 2011, Saratoga Snacks has won all four of his starts since. On Saturday, in his first start against open company, Saratoga Snacks ran a mile in 1:34.27 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

“It was his most convincing win,” Sciacca said. “He did it pretty easy. He came out of it well, is doing super.”

The Empire Classic, restricted to New York-breds, will be run at 1 1/8 miles, a distance at which Saratoga Snacks, a son of Tale of Cat, is untested.

“He’s a big, scopey colt. He could run all day,” said Sciacca, who trains Saratoga Snacks for former NFL coach Bill Parcells. “I love the fact the mile and an eighth here is one turn.”