Apollitical Stone is Morning-Line Choice for John Deere California Juvenile Challenge

The bay gelding is one of nine 2-year-olds entered Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

A field of nine 2-year-olds has been entered back in Saturday's $44,460 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

Apollitical Stone, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess owned by Steve Mickaelian and trainer Jose Flores, is one of nine 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday's 350-yard John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

In addition to earning the winner's share of a $44,460 purse, the winner of this race will earn a berth in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows.

Apollitical Stone has won two of four starts and has earned $73,175 -- more than any other finalist -- and his resume includes a fourth-place finish in the June 18, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez.

Alvaro Lua's Favorite Hot Cartel, a Favorite Cartel gelding and the fastest qualifier, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Ramiro Lopez Zuazo. Favorite Hot Cartel broke his maiden with a head victory in the second of four trials on August 5.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Sc Vapor Trail (Jesus Ayala), 5-2
Honeys Pop A Tac (Ramon Sanchez), 15-1
Apollitical Stone (Cruz Mendez), 9-5
Royal Tricky Lady (Eduardo Nicasio), 20-1
Speedy Elvis (Jose M. Nicasio), 30-1
Favorite Hot Cartel (Oscar Peinado), 3-1
R Sturdy Boy (G. Jairo Rangel), 15-1
Phoxxy (Tony Guymon), 20-1
Missmerizing (Cesar DeAlba), 5-1

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