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PCQHRA Breeders' Derby

Mister Appolitical wins Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 feature at Los Alamitos.

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Legacy Ranch’s Mister Appolitical held off a strong late charge from Chocolatito to win Friday's 400-yard, $150,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jesus Ayala for trainer Terry Knight, Mister Appolitical stopped the timer in :19.742, and his margin of victory was a short nose from Chocolatito, who covered the distance in :19.743. The homebred  bay son of world champion Apollitical Jess earned $58,800 from his first stakes win.

Mister Appolitical was making just his second start since February 9, when the gelding ran fourth in the Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

“After the Winter Derby, we took him back to the ranch and just put him out in the sun and put him in a paddock and gave him some time,” said Pete Parrella of Legacy Ranch. “We just let him get his mind right. That was Terry’s idea. He thought this horse really had a lot of potential. We thought (stablemate and Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity winner) Wicked Affair was the better horse, but as time went on she started having a hard time getting out of the gate, while this horse jumped up. He proved tonight that he was best.

“He’ll run the rest of the year," Parrella added. "He’s in the Los Alamitos Super Derby trials (on October 19). Terry is the one that thought that there was a lot there with this horse that for some reason had not shown yet. The fact that we stopped on him instead of just tried to racing, you can see what’s happened since he’s come back."

Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Mister Appolitical has won six of 11 starts and has banked $216,426. The gelding was a finalist in last year's Los Alamitos Two-Million (G1) and Ed Burke Million (G1) futurities.

Parrella and his wife, Evelyn, breed and race both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, and Mister Appolitical's stakes win was another moment for them to treasure.

“We really love both ends of it,” Parrella said. “Terry has done just a great job since taking over as manager of the ranch. With his background of Quarter Horses, he really gave an incentive for Ev and I to stay in the game and see if we could elevate ourselves and improve on the quality of horses that we have. Terry has done a great job putting mares with the stallions. We just have to show up, get out of his way, and write a few checks.”

Transcend finished third and was followed by Conquering Marie, Red Hawk Cartel, Ali  Babe Foose, Wicked Affair, and Jess Flashee.  Cole Man 47 and Hot Little Kiddy were listed as trainer scratches.

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