J. Oscar Dominguez and Joel Martinez’s Apollitical Ok, a $15,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, ran a flawless race to handle a solid field in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
It was also Pink Day at The Races to help raise funds to increase awareness of breast cancer.
Apolltical Ok, a gelding by Apollitical Jess, got a clean start from the inside post position. He was the best horse in the final half of the 400-yard Mr Jet Moore to secure the one-half length win in :19.868.
Valariano Racing Stables, LLC’s Sam Crow is always dangerous and finished second by a neck over Docs First Fire.
“I was really confident and he closed well,” said winning rider Esgar Ramirez. “He’s been training really well the last few weeks. Heading for the (440 yard) All American Gold Cup next.”
The Joel Valeriano, Jr. trained Apollitical Ok had a solid spring at Remington Park, capped by a third-place run in the $50,000 Bob Moore Stakes.
In his only other 2017 start at Ruidoso Downs, Apollitical Ok was moved up to second place in the $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap at 350 yards.
Sam Crow would have become a millionaire with a win. The second-place check raised the Valiant Hero-sired gelding’s earnings to $991,677.
He was disqualified from third in the Higheasterjet in his previous start.. He won the Remington Park version of the $62,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap and was second by a head in the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes for trainer Trey Wood.
Adame Racing, LLC’s Memphis D Nasty, also a $15,000 Ruidoso Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, won the $50,000 KFOX Handicap at Sunland Park for trainer Mario Sanchez. The Fdd Dynasty daughter was second in the Bob Moore Stakes at Remington Park.
Pink Day at the Races had another successful run at Ruidoso Downs and helped raise funds for women to get mammograms at the Lincoln County Medical Center.
“It was an awesome Pink Day on the mountain,” said organizer Jamie Zamora. “There are smiles all around and I really want to thank everyone who made this yet another stellar Pink Day.”
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