Apocalyptical Jess kept his perfect 3-year-old season record intact with a neck victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $958,766 Ruidoso Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Prepped by Trey Wood for owner Bill T. Robbins of San Jose, California, Apocalyptical Jess stopped the timer in :19.757 while racing against a reported 12-mph head wind. Tanner Thedford rode the Oklahoma-bred son of world champion Apollitical Jess.
"He's all class," said Thedford. "He left the gate running, and I just kept him running."
Apocalyptical Jess was bred by Danny Joe Miller, and he was last year's champion 2-year-old gelding after he banked $1,540,140 from six starts and winning the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1), Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race. The gelding has won all four of his outs this season, including the April 20, 400-yard Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds, and the $411,951 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory increased his earnings to $2,081,773.
"He's a great horse," said Wood of Apocalyptical Jess. "They made him run, but he's a winner. He's game."
Danjer, CDS Wine N Dine, Flying Cowboy 123, Midday News, Lynnder 16, Song Of The C Bird, Pilot Points Moon, and CD Rowdy James completed the order of finish. Sumokeonthewater was scratched.
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