07/13/2015 10:11AM

Just The Judge injured, retired at 5

Michael Burns
Just The Judge (No. 3) wins the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes last year.

Just The Judge, a Grade 1 stakes winner who competed in graded and group stakes in five different countries, has been retired due to a minor tendon injury, Racing Post reported.

The 5-year-old Lawman mare finished her career with five wins in 15 starts for earnings of $1,213,611. She raced most of her career for Qatar Racing Ltd. and the Sangster family. That partnership was dissolved last year when Just The Judge sold to Qatar Racing and China Horse Club at the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale for $7,431,953, a record price for a filly or mare in training at British auction. She was trained for her entire career by Charlie Hills.

“I’m very proud of Just The Judge’s achievement,” Hills told Racing Post. “She’s been a tremendously sound filly and with three months’ rest could have raced on, but she had nothing else to prove on the racecourse.”

Just The Judge was unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile in England, winning the Washington Singer Stakes and the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes. At 3, she finished second in the English 1000 Guineas and won the Irish 1000 Guineas.

At 4, she finished third in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes in England, the Group 2 Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland, and the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in consecutive starts before winning the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Just The Judge finished her 2014 campaign with a third-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

China Horse Club bought into Just The Judge over the winter and raced her once with Qatar Racing. She finished out of the money in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic.

Qatar Racing’s David Redvers told Racing Post that Dubawi, a resident of Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in England, would be the ideal first mating for Just The Judge, but availability in the stallion’s book could be an issue.

Bred in Ireland by Joan Keaney-Dempsey, Just The Judge is out of the unplaced Rainbow Light mare Faraday Light, who is the dam of three winners from three foals to race. She is from the family of Grade 2 winners Uncharted Haven and Ferneley.