08/30/2011 4:20PM

Saratoga: Spinaway, Hopeful both possible for Judy the Beauty

Michael Burns
Judy the Beauty could take on males in Monday's Hopeful on closing day at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A lot of attention will be paid to Havre de Grace starting against the boys in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. But she may not be the only female challenging males in Grade 1 stakes here this holiday weekend.

Wesley Ward said he plans to enter his undefeated 2-year-old filly Judy the Beauty in both Sunday’s Spinaway for fillies and Monday’s Hopeful for colts and geldings. Both Grade 1 races are run at seven furlongs. Ward, who owns and trains the filly, said he wanted to analyze both fields before deciding in which race to run.

“I’m not trying to prove anything, I’m just trying to get into the easiest race,” Ward said. “I’m not one to be scared of colts.”

In fact, Ward said that Judy the Beauty has worked out exclusively against colts, including the multiple graded stakes winner Flashpoint.

“There’s nothing that can run as fast as him in there,” Ward said.

Last Saturday, at Aqueduct, Judy the Beauty worked four furlongs in 46.42 seconds in company with the 2-year-old maiden-winning gelding Bless the Solider.

The Hopeful field is expected to include Big Blue Nation, Currency Swap, Hunt Crossing, J.C.’s Pride – who just set a Saratoga record for 5 1/2 furlongs – Jagati, Laurie’s Rocket, Power World, Scallion, Trinniberg, and Vexor.

The Spinaway field is expected to include And Why Not, Baffle Me, Born Bullish, Georgie’s Angel, Grace Hall, Lady Pecan, and Vukovar. Stopshoppingmaria is possible and would likely be favored coming off her 9 3/4-length maiden win on Aug. 14.

Judy the Beauty, a daughter of Ghostzapper, is 3 for 3, with her victories coming in three different countries. She won her debut at Keeneland going 4 1/2 furlongs in April. She won the Prix Caravelle, a five-furlong turf race at Chantilly in France in May and then shipped up to Woodbine to take the Shady Well Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs in July.

“From the day I bought her she’s been the one,” said Ward, who paid only $20,000 for her. “You buy a horse and you just know. I break them all myself, and she was so smart, so good, so athletic I just thought this is going to be an unbelievable horse.”

J C’s Pride works for Hopeful

J C’s Pride, a record-breaking maiden winner here earlier this summer, worked five furlongs in 1:02.78 in company with stablemate Mr E Philip with jockey Jose Lezcano aboard here early Tuesday morning. J C’s Pride posted fractions of 25.38 and 37.64 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.63. J C’s Pride could start as the favorite in Monday’s Grade 1 Hopeful.

“He went slower than I expected, but the track was dead early this morning, and he’s just not a fast work horse to begin with,” said trainer Bobby Barbara. “I put him in company to get him more interested, and while he didn’t work fast he galloped out strong when hooking up with a horse of Rick Violette’s who was completing a work around the turn. He went out a strong seven-eighths, so it was a good long-distance kind of breeze and should help build up his stamina. Besides he worked a half in 49 and 4 four days before he ran five-eighths in 56 to win his maiden.”

– additional reporting by Mike Welsch