Political Attraction Is Prompt Favorite in Grade 3 Speedhorse Futurity
The $10,000 yearling purchase earns his first stakes victory on Saturday.
July 28, 2017
Rogelio Marquez Jr.'s Political Attraction, the 8-5 favorite and second-fastest qualifier, dominated his competition in Saturday's $214,000 Speedhorse Futurity (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.
Ridden by James Flores for trainer John Weghorst, Political Attraction went 350 yards in :17.550 while aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, and his winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths from Eos A Political Win. The $81,320 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $157,158 from five starts.
Political Attraction was bred in Oklahoma by Ron Lyles. His sire, Apollitical Jess, was the sport's world champion in 2010, and he is out of Gunsight Peak, a 6-year-old mare by champion Separatist.
Political Attraction has won two races, including his Speedhorse Futurity trial on July 15. The gelding's resume includes a fifth-place run, one length behind winner La Vencedora, in the 330-yard, $1.002-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds on April 22.
Tempting Diamonds finished third, two lengths behind Political Attraction, and was followed by fastest qualifier and 7-2 second choice Bad Neighbor, Express Train No 9, Majestic Corona, Chasin My Desire, Miss Racy Cartel, Katherinessecrethope, and Our Lucky Corona.
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