Apocalyptical Jess Tops First Day of All American Futurity Trials

The Apollitical Jess gelding breaks his maiden in the second of 16 440-yard heats.

Q-Racing Journal

Apocalyptical Jess was all alone at the wire in the second of 16 All American Futurity trials. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Apocalyptical Jess, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess owned by Bill T. Robbins, posted the fastest All American Futurity (G1) qualifying time from the first day of trials on Friday.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Blane Wood, Apocalyptical Jess won the second of 16 440-yard trials by 3 1/4 lengths in :21.349 while aided by a reported 6-mph tail wind. The Oklahoma-bred gelding earned a 96 speed index and his first win in three outs.

Apocalyptical Jess was bred by Danny Joe Miller. He is out of Cassandra Crest, a homebred daughter of Holland Ease who ran second in the 2003 Retama Park Futurity (G1).

"I was excited when he drew the one hole," said Ramirez. "I knew that would be to his benefit. But the way he ran today, he could've won from anywhere."

Second-fastest qualifier Tools In The Sky won the first heat by a neck from third-fastest qualifier Im Jess Special V. Helped along by a 7-mph tail wind, the First Down Dash gelding covered his quarter-mile trip in 21.479, while Im Jess Special V was clocked in :21.521. Felipe Garcia-Luna rode Tools In The Sky for owner Licon Farm and Ranch LLC and trainer Mike Joiner.

Tools In The Sky was bred in California by George Villalobos and Ruben Villalobos. A $30,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the sorrel gelding is out of No Tools Required, a multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Jody O Toole. He is a half brother to graded stakes winner One Hot Mecanic and stakes winner Required Fire.

Im Jess Special V was ridden by Agustin Silva. Toby Keeton prepped the homebred Jess Lips gelding for owner Valeriano Racing Stables LLC.

The other qualifiers from Friday's trials were Servando Montemayor's Wokatee On Fire (:21.524) and Tom Maher's and Dick Tobin's Lynnder 16 (:21.535).

All of the five finalists from Friday's 16 trials raced in the first five heats, which were all contested with a reported tail wind.

The $3-million All American Futurity final will be run on Labor Day, September 3. Sixteen more trials will be contested on Saturday, starting att 11 a.m. (MDT).

Click here for more information on Friday's qualifiers.

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