RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 18, 2014) – Bobby Cox’s homebred Apolitical Pac raced 350 yards in :17.388 in the first of six trials to the Grade 3, $62,370 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge and the time held up throughout Friday afternoon as the fastest mark.
The two-year-olds with the 10-fastest times qualify to return for the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge on August 2.
Heritage Place Futurity winner Lovethewayyoulie, the third-ranked two-year-old in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayer.com weekly poll, finished second in the final trial. She made the finals with the eighth-fastest time of :17.557. The Tempting Dash filly from the Toby Keeton barn was making her first start since winning the Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity by a nose on May 31.
Apolitical Pac impressed in the first trial when she won by one-length as the 3-10 favorite. She pulled away from her rivals and finished under a firm hold.
The daughter of Apolitical Jess was making her first start since she crossed the finish line in sixth place in the Heritage Place Futurity, but was disqualified and placed in 10th position. She was also fourth in the in the $391,000 Oklahoma Futurity.
B. Russel Hadley was aboard for trainer John Buchanan.
Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love won the sixth trial in :17.398 for the second-fastest time. The Paul Jones-trained New Mexico-bred scored her second win from four starts by three quarters of a length.
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John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Trials
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Apolitical Pac/1 John Buchanan Russel Hadley 4h 17.388
Moonstruck Love/6 Paul Jones Esgar Ramirez 0 17.398
Cc Kachina Eagle/4 Wesley Giles Larry Gamez 3c 17.410
El Rayito De Luna/7 Lillian Silva Adrian Ramos 5t 17.443
Miss Fast Jeans/6 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 0 17.518
Dimples Ocean/1 Gene Burden Sergio Becerra 4h 17.540
Yurman/6 John Buchanan Russel Hadley 0 17.546
Lovethewayyoulie/7 Toby Keeton Cody Jensen 5t 17.557
Justmakeitjolie/7 Harvey Baeza Paul Niieto 5t 17.560
Perrys Image/4 Sleepy Gilbreath GR Carter Jr. 3c 17.594