1st-Churchill Downs, $95,885, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($100,000), 5-6, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 1:16.08, ft, 1 length.
FEDERAL JUDGE (c, 3, Army Mule–Congarette, by Congaree) impressed in his unveiling over a quick six furlongs at Oaklawn Apr. 1, nearly going gate-to-wire in route to a 4 1/2-length win and a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. The narrow 8-5 favorite over returning ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Extra Anejo (Into Mischief), the bay sat just off early pacesetter Olazabal (Bolt d’Oro) through a quick opening quarter in :22.09 before pouncing between rivals to take command into the far turn, going the half in :44.91. Clear from the quarter pole on, Federal Judge had more than enough of a margin built up to hold off Extra Anejo, going on to win by a measured length. His dam’s first winner, Federal Judge traces back through his third dam to GISW Home At Last (Quadratic) and GSWs Niner’s Home (Forty Nine) and Indy Groove (A.P. Indy). Congarette dropped a yearling Lord Nelson filly named Red Velvet Cake and foaled a colt by the Gainesway stallion Raging Bull (Fr) this year. Sales History: $40,000 Ylg ’21 OBSWIN; $200,000 Ylg ’21 FTKJUL. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $111,360. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-WinStar Farm LLC and Siena Farm LLC; B-Caperlane Farm (FL); T-Rodolphe Brisset.
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