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Apollitical Jess tops tonight’s Super Derby


November 6, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Apolltical Jess, second in two $1 million-plus stakes, should is the morning line 3-to-5 favorite to gain his first stakes win in another $1-million race when he heads the tonight’s Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.


Owned by Rancho el Cabresto Inc., Apollitical Jess, by Mr Jess Perry out of Apollitical Time (by Apollo—TB) has been brilliant in major stakes races at Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs, yet has not quite been able to gain that elusive stakes win that would further enhance his value. At Los Alamitos last December, the strapping colt was second by a neck in the $1,916,000 Los Alamitos Two Million (G1) as the 6-to-5 favorite and then this summer at Ruidoso Downs he was second by a neck in the $1,548,685 All American Derby (G1) at 2-to-1 odds.


Those two important Grade 1 stakes have been his only stakes appearances; his runner-up efforts have provided the bulk of his $596,260 career earnings.


A son of two-time champion and 2005 Los Alamitos Super Derby winner Apollitical Time, Apollitical Jess was sensational in his Los Alamitos Super Derby trial when he raced to the fastest qualifying time of :19.190 for 400 yards. (Go to http://www.theracingjournal.com/news/article.php?article_id=1513 for the story of the October 17 Super Derby trials.) His time approached world champion Freaky’s track record of :19.156.


Trained by Juan Aleman, who also trained Apollitical Time, Apollitical Jess was the fastest qualifier to the Los Alamitos Two Million and the All American Derby. In the Los Alamitos Super Derby he will also be trying to prove that he can step forward after an impressive trial effort and earn a major stakes win.


Chad Richard’s champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly Runnning Brook Gal, by Brookstone Bay out of RJK Runaway (by Runaway Winner), showed last year she could produce a major Grade 1 victory, but is trying for her first 2010 win in the Los Alamitos Super Derby.


The Paul Jones-trained filly earned her championship titles with a 1¼-length romp in the $1.9 million All American Futurity (G1) and then handily defeated a deep field of stakes winners in the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1). She concluded her championship season with $1,315,317 in earnings including five wins and three second-place finishes from nine starts.


Runnning Brook Gal was given seven months rest before returning to Ruidoso Downs last summer. At the New Mexico track she was a troubled second in a well-stocked optional-claiming race and then fifth in her All American Derby trial after being fractious.


In her Los Alamitos debut, she was bumped at the start of her Los Alamitos Super Derby trial and finished third with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of :19.474.


Jones also saddles third-fastest qualifier First Down King, by First Down Dash out of Queen Of Torts (by Mr Jess Perry), and Favorite Cartel, by Favorite Trick (TB) out of Shenoshercorona (by Corona Cartel).


The Dunn Ranch-homebred First Down King finished in a dead heat for the win in the Los Alamitos Juvenile and was third in the Governors Cup Derby. He was bumped at the start of his Los Alamitos Super Derby trial and finished second by a nose behind second-fastest qualifier Forrest Fire.


Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Jim Helzer, Terry Thompson and Jones, Favorite Cartel was third in the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) and fourth behind Runnning Brook Gal in the All American Futurity. This summer he reached the finals of the Rainbow and All American derbies.


Mimi Wells’ homebred Forrest Fire, by Walk Thru Fire out of Chicks Tell (by Chicks Beduino), is the second-fastest qualifier after a nose trial win over First Down King in :19.390. The Dan Francisco-trained gelding has qualified for three Grade 1 races and was third in the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap (G3) two starts ago.


Ed Allred’s homebred Princelike, by TR Dasher out of Queen Mother (by Raise A Secret), like Apollitical Jess, has been close in major stakes and is after his first stakes win. The Jose Flores-trained gelding has seconds in the Golden State Derby (G1) and the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) along with a close third in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G1).