Judy the Beauty spends much of the year at owner-trainer Wesley Ward’s Keeneland base. So it was no surprise that she went unbeaten in four starts at the track until her third-place effort in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) on Oct. 3. Despite the defeat, Ward remained confident that the six-year-old mare can repeat in the Filly and Mare Sprint. The loss was at least partially due to poor racing luck that left Judy the Beauty with no clear opening for her run through the stretch. Ward noted the day after the race that the race was run in a relatively slow time of 1:10.04. “You try to make a positive out of a negative,” Ward said. “If they had smoked it in like 1:08 and 4, maybe she would have done too much.” This will be Judy the Beauty’s third trip to the Filly and Mare Sprint after her 2014 victory that earned her the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter and her bridesmaid role in 2013. After six months on the sidelines following last year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Judy the Beauty was narrowly beaten in the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 2. In her only other start of the year, the daughter of 2004 Classic winner Ghostzapper was third in the Honorable Miss Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on July 29. Ward purchased Judy the Beauty from breeder Adena Springs for $20,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.