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Remington Park Derby

Champion Apocalyptical Jess dominates his competition on Saturday.
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Fastest qualifier Apocalyptical Jess, a sorrel son of Apollitical Jess owned by Bill Robbins of San Jose, California, was a prompt 7-10 favorite in Saturday's $289,975 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds at Remington Park.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Trey Wood, Apocalyptical Jess defeated Watah Flash by 1 3/4 lengths while covering 400 yards in :19.766 against a reported 5-mph head wind. The gelding earned $115,990 from his second stakes score.

"It was the perfect trip," said Ramirez. "He left out of there in front, and when I asked him to run a little bit, he just exploded. I almost regretted asking him. From there, I just sat on him and cruised home."

Apocalyptical Jess was bred by Danny Joe Miller. Last year's champion 2-year-old gelding, he has won five of eight starts, including last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, and the $115,990 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes win pushed his bankroll to $1,665,022.

"He's a once-in-a-lifetime horse, just a dream for me," said Robbins. "I'm privileged to be a part of this. I'm truly blessed."

Wood said that Apocalyptical Jess would ship to Ruidoso Downs next week and will be pointed to that track's Grade 1 derbies.

Lynnder 16 finished third and was followed by Temptingsecretfly, Miss Perrys Tres, Sr Shegone, Wilder Ways, and Miss Eyesa Senator.

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