All American: Apolltical Chad

Wes Giles sends out his next starter in the All American Futurity.

Quarter Racing Journal

Apolltical Chad outside his barn at Ruidoso. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Apolltical Chad will go into the All American Futurity (G1) as the richest and most accomplished starter in the field, but also as the only starter coming off a second-place finish in the trials.

In the fourth heat on the first day of trials, Apolltical Chad – winner of the $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) – broke from the 8 post and closed strongly but came up a neck short at the wire to One Hot Habit, who had finished seventh in the Ruidoso Futurity. One Hot Habit and Apolltical Chad were both making their first starts since the Ruidoso final on June 12.

“I thought he left really good,” said trainer Wes Giles. “But it seemed like he couldn’t go anywhere. I looked over and the 1 horse (One Hot Habit) had us beat two lengths. My horse was trying, but it was like he just couldn’t get a hold of the track. And then he saw that horse and he tried too hard to catch him too fast, and that made things worse for him, because he went to scrambling trying to make it up too fast. But he closed real well, made up a lot of ground and finished real strong.”

Apolltical Chad broke his maiden by two lengths in his Ruidoso Futurity trial on May 27, his second of four races to date. The gelding by Apolltical Jess then won the June 12 Ruidoso Futurity by a head over eventual Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner A Revenant, as well as One Hot Habit and All American Juvenile qualifier Tough To Bee. Adrian Ramos has ridden Apolltical Chad in all but the gelding’s first race, and is to ride him in the All American.

Apolltical Chad races for Nueve Racing, which purchased him for $38,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Based in Edinburg, Texas, Nueve comprises a partnership of horsemen led by Jose Espinosa, who co-owned 2014 All American Derby (G1) winner Too Flash For You, who also was trained by Giles. Nueve also includes Ralph Vincent, Melvin Neugebauer, William Smith, Curtis Crenwelge, Cindy Bennett, Ezra Elton Lee, Jim Laird and John Lee.

“We all looked at some horses, got together and saw what everybody was looking at, what they were going toward and what we could afford,” Giles said. “We wanted to buy four or five horses, not just one, and that’s how we ended up with Apolltical Chad.”

The trainer put some thought into the purchase.

“A lot of the Apollitical Jess colts are a little slow-maturing, as far as how they look at a sale,” Giles said. “They’re hard for me to look at, but I thought this colt’s parts went together pretty good at that time, and I really liked the horse. I felt like he was pretty well-balanced at that age.”

Bred by Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith of Madill, Oklahoma, Apolltical Chad is one of 22 stakes winners by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Apollitical Jess, the 2010 world champion who has sired the earners of more than $7.4 million. Apollitical Jess also is the sire of All American Derby (G1) qualifiers Brave Heart Won, Jess Envision and Celtic Emblem, as well as last year’s All American Derby winner, Apollitical Blood. Apollitical Jess stands at JEH Stallion Station – Oklahoma.

Apolltical Chad is one of six winners and the earners of more than $555,000 out of the stakes-placed Shazoom mare Fast Prize Tracy, a daughter of Fast First Prize. Fast Prize Tracy is the dam of the stakes-winning gelding Spit Curl Trey ($60,686), whose sire is the Mr Jess Perry stallion Spit Curl Jess. Fast First Prize is a daughter of Heza Fast Man out of First Prize Dash, a full sister to all-time leading sire First Down Dash who also produced Fast Prize Tracy’s full sister Fast Prize Zoom ($192,875), who Giles sent out to win the 2008 West Texas Futurity (G1).

“Apolltical Chad has always had a lot of energy, from the time we brought him home,” Giles said. “He was starting to get himself in trouble, so we cut him early, because we’re not in the stud business. We’re in the racehorse business. We needed him to run. Now he pays attention and does his job, and he runs. We have to take him to the track a lot. He still has a whole lot of energy, and he likes to use it. He knows he’s good, and an hour after he we put him back in his stall he’s ready to go again. So we’re looking forward to Monday.”

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, “like” Q-Racing on Facebook and visit www.aqharacing.com.