Apolitical Zoom Scores in Las Damas

The homebred sophomore filly earns a half-length win in the Grade 3, $25,000 stakes at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Dennie and Kris Hill's Apolitical Zoom wins Saturday's Las Damas Handicap for distaffers at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Apolitical Zoom, a homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess racing for Dennie and Kris Hill, scored her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3) for distaffers at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Bret Vickery, Apolitical Zoom covered 400 yards in :20,008, and her winning margin was a half of a length from 6-5 favorite Take A Look. The 3-year-old filly earned $13,750 to push her bankroll to $68,852, of which $60,254 has been earned this season.

Apolitical Zoom was her second consecutive and third in four starts at Los Alamitos. The filly is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign in which she ran eighth in an Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trial and seventh in an allowance race.

Prior to her trip to New Mexico, Apolitical Zoom ran second, a half of a length behind winner Ynot Walk, in the February 14, $208,850 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G2).

“She impressed us with those winter races, and that’s why we decided to go to Ruidoso with her,” Vickery said. “Up there, she got hit in a race and got stepped on and cut up bad. She needed time off after what happened. She needed to heal up.

“She likes it here,” the trainer added. “She’s always done well here. We intend to run her next year. She’s lightly raced, and she’s doing great right now. We’ll race her as long as she seems to like what she’s doing and continues to do well.”

Vickery added that Apolitical Zoom would be pointed to the Grade 2 Charger Bar Handicap for fillies and mares in January.

Apolitical Zoom was bred in Idaho. All told, the filly has won four of 12 starts, including three of six this season.

Political Chick, Skinny Jeans, Blabber, Bring Me Home, and Significant Heart completed the order of finish.

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