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Judicature prevails in Knights Choice

August 13, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo

Auburn, WA (August 12, 2006) - Judicature won the $45,000 Northwest Stallion Series Knights Choice Stakes in gate to wire fashion at Emerald Downs on Saturday, August 12. It was the filly's second consecutive stakes victory

The 2-year-old daughter of Tribunal broke sharply from post three with Ricky Frazier in the irons, taking the lead in the opening yards of the 6 -furlong affair.

"I let her break and she settled," Frazier said. "This filly is on top of her game. I think she's awesome."

Judicature set fractions of 22 4/5 seconds for the opening quarter mile, and 46 for the half, as Irene's Bonus Baby, ridden by Hector Ventura, Jr., gave pressure from the outside.

"We were hoping to be out in front." Ventura said. "We got out pretty good, but Judicature got out pretty good too. I wasn't going to burn my horse out on the backside trying to get the lead. We went head to head and my horse just got outrun."

Coming out of the turn, Judicature began to pull away from the field, extending her lead to three lengths at wire while stopping the clock in 1:17 3/5.

Judicature paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Irene's Bonus Baby held on for second to return $2.60 and $2.20. The Cahill Special finished third and paid $2.60.

The victory was the fourth stakes triumph of the meet for trainer Bill Tollett, who leads all conditioners at the current Emerald Downs meet in stakes victories. Tollett won the Federal Way Handicap with Diamond Dollars and the FSN Handicap with Spanish Highway in addition to the two stakes captured by Judicature.

Frazier has also won four stakes at the meet, and he is the leader in that category among Emerald jockeys this season. Frazier won the Washington State Legislators Stakes and the King County Handicap with A Classic Life, and the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup Handicap aboard Flamethrowintexan. Frazier led the local colony in stakes victories last season with 10.