Grade 1 Winner Apollitical Blood Returns in Texas Classic Derby Trials

The All American Derby (G1) winner is one of 45 sophomores entered in Friday's 440-yard trials.

Five 440-yard Texas Classic Derby (G1) trials will be run Friday at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Rancho el Cabresto's Apollitical Blood, a Grade 1-winning son of Apollitical Jess trained by Juan Aleman, is one of 45 3-year-olds entered in Friday's 440-yard Texas Classic Derby (G1) trials at Lone Star Park.

Apollitical Blood ships in from New Mexico, where the colt earned a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $2,378,000 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 6. Apollitical Blood will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio from post 8 in the third of five trials.

JM Miracle, a gelded son of Volcom trained by Benjamin Garza for Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, will be ridden by Joe Badilla Jr. from post 9 in the second heat. JM Miracle has earned $1,462,000 from nine outs, and his five wins include a half-length victory in last year's 440-yard, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso.

Other prominent sophomores entered in the Texas Classic Derby trials include Johnny Trotter's Bodacious Eagle, the winner of the 440-yard, $194,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G3) at Lone Star Park; William E. Smith's Trendi, the winner of last year's $900,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso; and Terry and Irene Stennett's Torts On Fire, a gelded son of Walk Thru Fire who won last year's 400-yard, $861,000 Texas Classic Futurity.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby final on November 14.

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