All American Derby Qualifier: Politicaly Correct

Gray gelding, Apollitical Jess-Senorita Tres by Tres Seis

Race Record: 11-6-2-1 $222,848
Breeder: Walter "Dick" Harrison
Owner: Walter "Dick" Harrison and Jim Helzer
Trainer: Jim Helzer
Qualifying jockey: Larry Payne
Qualifying time: :21.464

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Race Record: Politicaly Correct is on a roll. A $50,000 supplemental nominee, the Apollitical Jess gelding raced to a length win and the third-fastest time of :21.464 in the 12th and final trial to the All American Derby (G1).

Politicaly Correct won four consecutive races, including the $40,000 Hialeah El Nino and the $268,000 Oklahoma Derby, before being beaten a neck for second by Rpainted Wagon in the $369,910 Heritage Place Derby (G2) on May 30 as the 6-5 favorite in his last start prior to the August 23 All American trials.

“He wasn’t in any races until the Dash For Cash Derby (G3) and the Texas Classic Derby (G1), so we elected to come out (to Ruidoso),” said co-owner Jim Helzer, who also trains the gelding. “We lost six days of training because of the rain, so he will be faster in the finals."

An earner of $222,848, Politicaly Correct has won six of 11 career races, including five of six this season.

Breeder: Politicaly Correct was bred by Walter “Dick” Harrison of Battle Creek, Michigan. Since 1989, the 849 starters raised by Harrison have earned 175 wins and 48 stakes wins, as well as $1,720,685. Politicaly Correct represents the third generation of a great mare family cultivated by Harrison for decades, starting with great-granddam Chics Two Rockets, then granddam Precious Libby, dam Senorita Tres and now Politcaly Correct.

Owner: Walter “Dick” Harrison and Jim Helzer partnered on the gelding late in the horse's 2-year-old year.

A former president of AQHA, Helzer raced the legendary Refrigerator, who won the 1990 All American Futurity (G1) winner, is the only horse to  ever win three runnings of the Champion of Champions (G1) and was two-time world champion in 1992-93.

“I’m elated,” said Helzer, who lives on his ranch at Arlington, Texas. “ I’m having the fondest dream of my life, having a horse in the All American Derby.”

Trainer: An American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Helzer is one of the most successful horsemen to ever breed, own and race the fastest horses on earth. From 2014 to 2015, Jim Helzer of Arlington, Texas, has conditioned Politicaly Correct to seven wins out of 30 starts, with one stakes win, and earnings of $211,991.

Jockey: With more than $30 million in career earnings, jockey Larry Payne has seen much success since his career began in 1975. Since then, he’s ridden 16,136 starts, securing 2,436 wins and 161 stakes wins. He ended the Remington Park season as the second leading jockey with $934,566 earnings.

Pedigree: The gray gelding is one of six stakes winners, 61 other winners and the earners of more than $2.4 million in two crops raced by his sire, who is owned by Rancho El Cabresto. Apollitical Jess was last year’s leading freshman sire, with progeny earnings of $1,262,767. An 8-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry out of the Grade 1-winning champion and broodmare of the year Apollitical Time ($904,242, by Apollo (TB)). Owned by Rancho El Cabresto Inc. of San Jacinto, California, Apollitical Jess stands at Jim and Marilyn Helzer’s JEH Stallion Station at Purcell, Oklahoma.

Bred by Walter “Dick” Harrison of Battle Creek, Michigan, Politicaly Correct is one of three winners from five starters out of Harrison’s homebred Tres Seis mare Senorita Tres, a multiple graded stakes-winning earner of $140,730 whose first foal is the stakes-winning Brookstone Bay gelding Brookestone Grey ($41,748). Senorita Tres is one of five stakes winners, five other winners and the earners of $357,978 out of Harrison’s homebred stakes-winning Liberty Jet Line mare Precious Libby ($27,126).