Press ReleaseJuly 18, 2014
Bobby Cox’s homebred Apolitical Pac raced 350 yards in :17.388 in the first of six trials to the Grade 3, $62,370 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge and the time held up throughout Friday afternoon as the fastest mark.
The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times qualify to return for the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge on August 2. The winner earns a berth in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) to be run October 18 at Prairie Meadows.
Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Lovethewayyoulie, the third-ranked 2-year-old in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com weekly poll, finished second in the final trial. She made the finals with the eighth-fastest time of :17.557. The Tempting Dash filly from the Toby Keeton barn was making her first start since winning the$1 million Heritage Place Futurity by a nose on May 31.
Apolitical Pac impressed in the first trial when she won by one length as the 3-10 favorite. She pulled away from her rivals and finished under a firm hold. The daughter of Apolitical Jess was making her first start since she crossed the finish line in sixth-place in the Heritage Place Futurity. She was disqualified for interference and placed in ninth position. She was also fourth in the in the $391,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2). B. Russel Hadley was aboard for trainer John Buchanan.
Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love won the sixth trial in :17.398 for the second-fastest time. The Paul Jones-trained New Mexico-bred scored her second win from four starts by three-quarters of a length.
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