Wesley A. Ward's Judy the Beauty and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at Del Mar race track in Del Mar, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
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August 17, 2014

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Judy the Beauty won the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Sunday.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Judy the Beauty ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.63 and paid $4.60 and $2.60. She carried high weight of 125 pounds.

Madame Cactus returned $3.60, while 4-5 favorite and defending champion Reneesgotzip was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third. There was no show wagering because of the four-horse field.

Amaranth finished fourth.

It was Smith's fifth stakes win of the meet, the most by any rider.

''I've been wanting to ride this mare for a long time,'' Smith said. ''I finally got to and it sure looks like I picked the right day. She's something. She can run with any of them. Boys, too. Look out.''

The victory, worth $90,000, increased Judy the Beauty's career earnings to $1,112,122, with eight wins.

In the $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap for older California-bred fillies and mares, 9-1 shot Heat Du Jour won by three lengths.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Heat Du Jour ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.73 and paid $21.40, $8 and $5.20 at 9-1 odds.

Qiaona returned $7.60 and $4, while 8-5 favorite Kathleen Rose was another nose back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

The victory was worth $85,500 for Heat Du Jour, who is trained and co-owned by Jerry Hollendorfer.

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