Apollitical Scout Upsets Remington Park Derby

Sent to post at 9-1, the filly gets her second stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Fourth-fastest qualifier Apollitical Scout earned her second stakes win in Saturday's 400-yard Remington Park Derby for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Sent to post at odds of 9-1 in a full field of 10 Oklahoma-bred sophomores, Apollitical Scout responded with a neck victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $305,400 Remington Park Derby (RG3) at Remington Park.

Apollitical Scout tripped the timer in :19.674 while aided by a reported 20-mph tail wind. Omar Reyes rode the sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess for owners Preston and Karen Cloud of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and trainer Clint Crawford.

“She left perfect,” said Reyes. “She broke in front by far. I just kept riding her and stayed after her to make sure they wouldn’t catch me.”

The Clouds purchased Apollitical Scout from breeders Dan and Louise Jones for $19,000 at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. The filly has won three of nine starts, including last year's 350-yard, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso Downs, and the $122,160 winner's share of the Remington Park Derby purse bumped her bankroll to $197,660, of which $129,144 has been earned this year.

"We got a bargain," said Preston Cloud of Apollitical Scout. "Her next start should be the trials to the Heritage Place Derby (on May 14)."

Eye N Capo, the odds-on favorite, ran second to break that previously undefeated gelding's five-race win streak. As And Js, Lethal Class, V Power, fastest qualifier Dicecapades, Knockemout Capi, Eye Eye Captain, Political Bliss, and Cartel Envy completed the order of finish. 

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