07/17/2006 11:00PM

Tollett has Midas touch in stakes


AUBURN, Wash. - Trainer Bill Tollett's magical meeting at Emerald Downs continued on Sunday when Judicature, a maiden who went off at better than 20-1, won the $40,000 Angie C. Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by nearly three lengths in a sprightly 1:09.60 for six furlongs.

Judicature was the third stakes winner at the meet for Tollett, following in the footsteps of the 3-year-old filly Diamond Dollars and handicap star Spanish Highway. Tollett also has Turf Paradise stakes winner Keagan, Zia Park stakes winner Ashby Hill, and Hollywood Park track-record setter Diligent Prospect under his care, and any of those runners is eligible to add to his credits here.

"It is really quite remarkable the way everything has come together for us this year," said Tollett. "I've trained a long time and I've always done well, but I always felt lucky if I had one really good horse in my barn. Now all of a sudden I have half a dozen or more, and it is a lot of fun. I've got to enjoy it while it lasts."

Tollett is especially loaded in the 2-year-old filly division. In addition to Judicature, he trains Sophie's Choice, who won at the maiden special weight level here in June, and Redness, an extremely promising filly by Tale of the Cat who has yet to start.

"She might be the best of the lot," said Tollett of Redness. "She is a half-sister to a Grade 1 stakes winner, and I think she is a flat-out runner. She needs a five-furlong work and a blowout, then I'll run her."

Redness is the second foal from One Number Short, who won three stakes at Emerald Downs. Her first foal, Wildcat Bettie B, recently won the Grade 1 Prioress Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont for her fifth win from eight career starts.

Redness will have to be a very good filly indeed to match the performance her stablemate gave on Sunday. Judicature bettered the Angie C. record of 1:10.40 by almost a full second under rider Leslie Mawing, more than justifying the faith Tollett showed when he bumped her up to the stakes ranks after a troubled third in her debut.

"We were really very high on her all along," Tollett said. "She hasn't done a thing wrong since we put her into training, and she probably would have won her first race by daylight with a better trip. She got stopped cold at the half-mile pole and dropped back five or six lengths, then came on again to be beaten less than a length."

Judicature is the first winner and the first stakes winner for her sire, Tribunal, and is the first foal from her dam, Castle Bravo. Castle Bravo, like Judicature, was owned by the partnership of David and Elaine Parks and Ramer and Clare Holtan, and was trained by Tollett.

"She was cut out to be a really nice filly, but she broke both of her knees the day she beat maiden special weight company going a mile," Tollett said. "We were all sick about it at the time, but the owners kept her and bred her, and now they have a very nice filly on their hands. I'm happy for them."

More bad luck for Repp

If everything has gone well for Tollett at this meeting, the same cannot be said for his favorite rider, Kate Repp. Repp was scheduled to ride Diamond Dollars the day she won the Federal Way Handicap, but she missed the mount when she was shaken up in a spill the day before the race. She was also slated to ride Judicature on Sunday, but sustained a broken ankle when she was unseated by her mount, Call Me Gracie, after Saturday's fourth race.

Repp's agent, Keith Drebin, said Tuesday that Repp had suffered clean breaks of two bones in her ankle. The injury will not require surgery, but she is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks and will probably not return to action at this meeting. Repp is 10th in the jockey standings with 21 wins from 134 mounts.

Flat Screen impressive in maiden win

Another challenger for Judicature emerged from Sunday's second race, a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs. Flat Screen, a daughter of Pulpit who races for Jerre Paxton's Northwest Farms, won by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:04 flat.

"We were very pleased with the way she ran first time out," said trainer Tom Wenzel. "She is a pretty mature filly, and she did everything right. She is bred to want more distance and we're looking forward to stretching her out."

Wenzel said Flat Screen appeared to come out of her race in good shape and will be pointed toward the $100,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes at a mile on Sept. 3.

April Foolish ends Halonator's streak

Halonator's win streak was halted at nine last Saturday when she finished fourth to April Foolish in a $40,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. Halonator, a 5-year-old daughter of Delineator, won eight in a row here last season when she went from the $4,000 claiming ranks to winning the Belle Roberts Handicap in her final start of the year. She began this meet with a win over $5,000 starter allowance company on May 29, but she did not have another opportunity to run until Saturday.

"They wouldn't fill another starter allowance race for her, so I had to run her on Saturday if I wanted to run her at all," said trainer Dan Markle. "It was just a little too tough for her, especially when she had been off so long. I hated to see her streak end, but it was sure fun while it lasted."