Apocalyptical Jess Wins All American Futurity
The gelding earns his first stakes win in Quarter Horse racing's richest race.
September 3, 2018
Apocalyptical Jess helped his trainer, Blane Wood, make history, as the sorrel son of Apollitical Jess scored a half-length victory in Monday's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for owner Bill T. Robbins and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in the field of nine, Apocalyptical Jess posted his first stakes win. He completed the 440 yards in :21.393.
"I wasn’t nervous," Robbins said. "No one believes me when I say that. I wanted three things – a safe race for every horse, a clean break and a clean race, and I wanted my horse to run the fastest that he could. If he did that, whether he ran first or ninth, I had no complaints. I thought he’d be up at the front if we got all three of those, but I wasn’t nervous. The second I saw him cross the finish line, I started shaking and I haven’t stopped yet. It is an amazing feeling. It is humbling, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. You realize the combination of hard work that goes into it from the breeding aspect of it, the training team, the jockey's ride and the luck, you start calculating the odds of standing here and they’re pretty slim."
Wood's father, Leo Wood, won the 1979 All American Futurity with champion Pie In The Sky, making the Woods the only father-son team to win the All American Futurity.
Blane agreed that the feeling was, perhaps, even better than he could imagine.
"This is what I've lived for, besides my family, all my life," the emotional trainer said. "It's awesome. Now I want to win it again."
"I wanted to do it because my dad did it," said the trainer, who will be 60 in November. "I think I worried about that more than anything else. But it’s a great feeling. He passed away in 1995, that’s the first year I won a Grade 1. My dad was my hero."
Apocalyptical Jess was the fastest qualifier from the first of two days of All American trials. He was bred in Oklahoma by Danny Joe Miller, and is owned by his son-in-law.
Im Jess Special V finished second, No Mires A La Luna was third, and Tools In The Sky was fourth. Favorite MM Fourinthemorning was fifth, followed by Pilot Points Moon, Badhabit Jess, Lynnder 16 and Moonflash Numbers. Wokatee On Fire was scratched.
Toby Keeton, the trainer of Im Jess Special V, lodged an objection against the winner, but no change to the original order of finish was made.
Raul Ramirez Jr. picked up the mount when qualifying jockey Ricky Ramirez chose to ride MM Fourinthemorning. He has ridden the earners of more than $20 million, and rode Blue Corazon to win the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) earlier this year.
Now the winner of two of four starts, Apocalyptical Jess has earned $1,506,400.
"He was very smart," breeder Miller recalls of a young Apocalyptical Jess. "He tried to train you constantly. He’s still like that, if you stand still he’s going to grab ahold of your coat with his lips and pull. He just likes to pull and pester."
Sire Apollitical Jess earned more than $1.3 million on the racetrack and has to date sired the earners of more than $21.5 million. The stallion stands at James Ranch in Wayne, Oklahoma.
Apocalyptical Jess is out of Miller’s homebred Cassandra Crest, a daughter of Holland Ease out of the Cameronian mare Diamond For Leigh, who ran second in the 2003 Retama Park Futurity (G1).
She is also the dam of stakes winner CC Seis (by Tres Seis, $87,196) and stakes-placed runner CC Kachina Eagle (by One Famous Eagle, $128,215).
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