Apolltical Chad Scores in Rich Ruidoso Futurity

A fast start helps the gelding earn his first stakes win.

Q-Racing Journal

Apolltical Jess reached the wire first in Sunday's $1-million Ruidoso Futurity. PHOTO: Gay Harris

A quick start from post 8 helped Nueve Racing's Apolltical Chad earn his first stakes victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $1-milllion Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Wes Giles and racing against a 9-mph head wind, Apolltical Chad defeted 19-10 favorite A Revenant by a head in :17.690. The $420,000 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $425,346 from three outs, and the victory makes the sorrel gelding the only horse in line for this year's $4-million All American Triple Crown bonus.

"The horse was doing everything perfect; he took the lead and wouldn't quit," said Ramos. "He always tries. He went out a little, but he came back to his position and ran really, really well.

"He's a positive horse, and we're thinking forward," the rider added.

Winning jockey Adrian Ramos is all smiles
after Apolltical Chad's Ruidoso Futurity
victory on Sunday. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

A $38,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Apolltical Chad was the fifth-fastest overall qualifier to the Ruidoso Futurity. The gelding broke his maiden with a clear 2 1/4-length victory in the fifth of 15 trials on May 27, the first of two days of trials.

Giles indicated that Apolltical Chad's connections might pass on the All American Triple Crown opportunity. Only one horse, world champion Special Effort, has won all three of Ruidoso Downs' Grade 1 futurities, and the colt acccomplished that 35 years ago.

"I don't think there is any horse -- with so many good horses these days -- that can win all three races," the trainer said. "It's tough, so we'll pass the Rainbow and point to the All American. We'll let the horse tell us."

Apolltical Chad was bred by Weetona Stanley and William E. Smith of Madill, Oklahoma. The gelding is by Apollitical Jess out of the winning and stakes-placed Shazoom mare Fast Prize Tracy, and he is a half brother to stakes winner Spit Curl Trey.

Apolltical Chad was all business out of the gate, and Giles said that's what helped the gelding win.

"He has a very short attention span," Giles added. "I think that will improve with maturity."

Tough To Bee ran third, a neck behind Apollitical Chad, and was followed by Jess Paint Ur Wagon, Cash And Corona, Ms Maggie May, Mojo Perry, One Hot Habit, One Sweet Sign, and Wild Mares Milk.

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