Apollitical Ok is Morning-Line Choice for James Isaac Hobbs Stakes

The 4-year-old gelding returns Saturday at Zia Park.


Apollitical Ok, pictured here winning the Mr Jet Moore Handicap at Ruidoso Downs, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 2 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Apollitical Ok, a graded stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, is one of 12 sprinters entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park.

A 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess, Apollitical Ok is trained by Joel Valeriano Jr. for owners Oscar Dominguez and Joel Martinez. The gelding has earned $71,434 from five outs this year, and his season resume includes a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G2) on August 5.

Apollitical Ok drew post 6 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

Born To B Bad, a homebred 3-year-old son of Freighttrain B racing for Melissa Slayton and Cody Bowling, will be facing aged runners off of his neck victory in the 350-yard, $67,000 Speedhorse Derby at Fair Meadows at Tulsa on July 29. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Tammy Johnson.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Midnight Heat (Salvador Martinez), 10-1
Stormy Red Morning (Jose Montoya), 20-1
Tf Im That Guy (Tanner Thedford), 8-1
Born To B Bad (Adrian Ramos), 5-1
Unfinished Biz (Mauro Salcedo), 15-1
Apollitical Ok (Esgar Ramirez), 5-2
Once Over (Raul Herrera), 6-1
Perrys Stamina (Sergio Becerra Jr), 8-1
Galion (Omar Reyes), 9-2
Don Quixote (Jose E. Ortiz), 20-1
AE-Jm Splenda (Oscar Cordova), 20-1
AE-Apollitical Sign (Raul Hernandez), 10-1

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