Apollitical Approach Wins John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge

The 9-1 longshot has his number put up after a stewards' inquiry on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Apollitical Approach (number 10) was moved into first place in Saturday's $59,850 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Stakes. PHOTO: Gay Harris

George and Peggy Cobb's Apollitical Approach, a homebred son of 2010 world champion Apollitical Jess and the third-fastest qualifier, stamped his ticket to this year's Bank of America Challenge Championships in Iowa with a victory in Saturday's 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Apollitical Approach's number was put up after a stewards' inquiry, which resulted in Lethal Eagle being disqualified and placed fourth for bumping Syms Tlc after the start. Apollitical Approach crossed the wire in :18.183, a nose behind Lethal Eagle and a half of a length in front of Feature Me Gorgeous, who was placed second.

L. Salvador Martinez rode Apollitical Approach for trainer Paul Jones.

In addition to earning the $25,137 winner's share of the $59,850 purse from his first stakes score, Apollitical Approach notched a starting berth in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma, and he is out of the unraced 9-year-old homebred Panther Mountain mare Panther Not A Kitty.

Apollitical Approach has won two of five starts and has banked $31,514 while being campaigned in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Syms Tlc, Lethal Eagle, fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite Runningallnight, Capis Chicks A Capo, Dancing Red Head, Miss Flyin Jess, Senator Fast Jack, and Patty Del Rey completed the official order of finish.

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