07/17/2011 5:11PM

Woodbine: Judy the Beauty works hard to stay unbeaten in Shady Well

Michael Burns
The 2-year-old filly Judy the Beauty improves to 3 for 3 by taking the Shady Well.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The favored Judy the Beauty and second choice Dene Court battled through the entire stretch in Sunday’s $151,200 Shady Well Stakes, and Judy the Beauty came out on top in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint  for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

The victory gave Judy the Beauty her third win in as many starts, in three different countries, all under Jeffrey Sanchez. She captured her debut at Keeneland, before notching an allowance race in France, and the Shady Well was her stakes debut.

“She ran great from behind horses the first time that she started,” said Sanchez. “But in France, I sent her to the lead, and she won close. I think she runs better when she sees other horses. I had a lot of filly. When I hit her [left-handed], she finished strong.” 

Dene Court dueled for the lead with I Am in Front, before Judy the Beauty came to her outside at the head of the stretch. Dene Court stuck her head in front inside the eighth pole, but Judy the Beauty dug in late to prevail by a half-length, in a time of 1:03.95. Rose and Shine nailed first-time starter Quality Lass on the wire for third in the 11-horse field of Ontario-breds.

Judy the Beauty ($5.90) collected $90,000 for owner/trainer Wesley Ward.