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Longshot maiden wins Angie C. at Emerald Downs

July 16, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo

Auburn, WA (July 16) Judicature pulled of a shocker at Emerald Downs on Sunday, July 16, when the speedy filly scored a longshot win in the Angie C. Stakes, the first juvenile stakes event of the year. The 2-year-old Washington-bred daughter of Tribunal went off at odds of 20-1 and set a stakes record when stopping the clock in 1:09 3/5 for 6 furlongs.

Jockey Leslie Mawing picked up the mount on Judicature after Kate Repp, who was named to ride the filly at the time of entry, suffered a broken ankle after the fourth race on Saturday.

"The strategy was to just get out of the gate because last time she was stopped a little," Mawing said. "We just wanted a clean trip and she did everything else on her own."

Judicature stalked the leaders from the outside while settling about two lengths back in third, chasing pacesetters Marianne Rose and Ms. Patrona as they set rapid fractions of 21 4/5 seconds at the quarter-mile pole and 45 at the half-mile.

"This filly has really come to herself," said winning trainer Bill Tollett. "She showed what she really was today. I told him (Mawing) just get out there and stay out of traffic."

The filly angled out at the three-eighths pole and made the lead with a decisive move to pass a weakening Marianne Rose. "She ran around the turn real well," jockey Ben Russell said of his mount Marianne Rose. "But when they came through, they came real fast."

Judicature finished the race nearly three lengths ahead of the late closing Jacolatt.

"I haven't had a stakes horse in 20 years," Ramer Holtan said, who owns Judicature with David and Elaine Parks and Clare Holtan. "This was the answer to my dreams."

Judicature paid $43.40, $13.20 and $9.40. Jacolatt was coupled in the wagering with third-place finisher Welken and the entry returned $3.60 and $3.60.

* Tollett has won three stakes races at Emerald Downs this year with three different horses. In addition to his Angie C. win on Sunday, Tollett won the Federal Way Handicap with Diamond Dollars and the FSN Handicap with Spanish Highway.