Apollitical Lady Captures Mockingbird Stakes
Owner A. Wade Helton, trainer Kalah Welch sweep exacta in Hialeah Park stakes.
January 4, 2015
A. Wade Helton’s Apollitical Lady, ridden by Oscar Delgado and trained by Kalah Welch, broke alertly, took command immediately, and then held off the late charge of barn mate Madmax to win Sunday’s featured $27,625 Mockingbird Stakes at Hialeah Park.
The 3-year-old daughter of Apollitical Jess, out of the Heza Fast Man mare First Lady Amber, was bred in Oklahoma by Marcus Smith.
Sent off at odds of 7-1, Apollitical Lady covered the 250 yards of the Mockingbird in :13.251 seconds and hit the wire one-half length in front of runner-up Madmax, also owned by Helton and trained by Welch. The 9-5 post time favorite Jess a Rogue finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Madmax.
Apollitical Lady, running for the first time since a maiden-breaking win at Will Rogers Downs in November, earned the winner’s share of $16,575 for her connections and upped her lifetime earnings to $28,718.
The official order of finish for the nine runners was: Apollitical Lady (Welch/Delgado), Madmax (Welch/Reyes), Jess A Rogue (Kearl/Vallejo), LG Zzrun (Concepcion/Leal), Cme Leaving You (Concepcion/Amaro), Louisiana Legends (Soto/Beaty), Streakin Lil Chick (Fulmer/Martinez), All About Dash (Sanchez/Esqueda), and JMF Jess Sweet (Crowson/Baldillez, Jr.). Ipolito was scratched.
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