Politically Corrupt Wins Grade 2 Sam Houston Classic

The 4-year-old makes his season debut with a neck victory on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Making his first start in five months, Politically Corrupt won Saturday's Sam Houston Classic. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Double H Racing Investment's Politically Corrupt made his season debut from the rail post with a neck victory in Saturday's Grade 2, 440-yard Sam Houston Classic at Sam Houston Race Park.

The connections of Sam Houston
Classic winner Politically Corrupt,
including owners Herminio Gonzalez
Jr. and Sr., celebrate the gelding's
victory. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Under jockey Cipriano Vidana, Politically Corrupt made his quarter-mile trip in :21.234. Jose Sanchez prepped the 4-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Jess, who earned a 109 speed index the $30,000 winner's share of the $50,000 purse.

Politically Corrupt's winning time missed by just 20/1000ths of a second the track record set by reigning world champion Jessies First Down in last month's $103,320 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2).

“With these kind of horses, they’ll do everything on their own,” said Sanchez. “He’s run big from the rail before, so we knew that would not be a problem.”

Politically Corrupt was bred in Texas by Andrew M. Gardiner. Double H Racing Investment's father and son team of Herminio Gonzalez, Jr. and Sr. were on hand to see their sorrel gelding earn his second stakes victory.

“We are grateful to Jose and his team for taking such good care of our horse,” said Herminio, Jr. “We will look for other stakes races in the future, but like our horses to rest between starts.”

Politically Corrupt has won eight of his 17 races, including last year's Grade 3 Retama Park Derby, and he has banked $181,945. Past winners of the Sam Houston Classic include world champion Tailor Fit, Jessies First Down, and Streakin Sin Tacha, and Kool Kue Baby and The Louisiana Cartel.

Dutcher, the 17-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Rc Me Leaving You, Tlc Dale, This Is A Deal, Kw Cowboy, Kid Can Dash, Sol Mecheemupjess, Jettastic, and Im A Moon Quest.

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