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Apollitical Pac Leads Qualifiers To John Deere Juvie at Ruidoso Downs

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 26, 2014) – Bobby Cox’s homebred Apolitical Pac set the fastest qualifying time to Saturday’s $62,370 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge, but she could be among the horses who pass on the 350-yard dash to run in the trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on August 14-15.

            There was a similar situation with the $58,174 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge and the Grade 1, $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby. Jerry Windham’s J Bar raced to the fastest-qualifying time to the Adedquan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, passed on the finals and then qualified for the Rainbow Derby.

            Six of the 10 qualifiers to the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge are also currently eligible to compete in the All American Futurity.

            Apolitical Pac, one of those six horses, has shown her Grade 1 class. This spring at Remington Park she was fourth in the Grade 2, $370,000 Oklahoma Futurity and then was disqualified from sixth to ninth in the Grade 1, $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity, her start before her John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trial.

            Trainer John Buchanan had the Apolitical Jess filly in prime form for her John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trial. She took the early lead and then cruised to the one-length win in the first of seven trials with a time of :17.388.

            Berkley Packer has been named on Apolitical Pac with the ninth post position.

            Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Lovethewayyoulie is the fourth-ranked horse in the AQHA national poll, is not eligible to the All American Futurity and is proven at the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge distance of 350 yards. The Toby Keeton-trained filly won the Heritage Place Futurity at 350 yards and was nearly caught at the finish. The Tempting Dash filly was then second in her John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trial with the eighth-fastest qualifying time.

            Lovethewayyoulie’s connections are the same as top-ranked Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks, one of the eligible favorites for the All American Futurity.

            Lovethewayyoulie drew the fifth post position and Cody Jensen rides.

            Jose Azuna’s second-fastest qualifier Moonstruck Love is an All American Futurity eligible horse. The New Mexico-bred gelding by First Moonflash impressed in his first start against open company when he won his trial by three quarters of a length with the second-fastest time of :17.398. The Paul Jones-trained gelding raced in the Restricted Grade 3, $340,699 Mountain Top Futurity in his previous start.

            Last year, a New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash, Handsome Jack Flash, won the All American Futurity and was named champion two-year-old.

            Esgar Ramirez has been named on Moonstruck Love with the second post position.

            Melvin Neugebauer’s Cc Kachina Doll is the third-fastest qualifier and also eligible to run in the All American Futurity trials. The One Famous Eagle filly ran in the Grade 2, $263,636 West Texas Futurity back in April and did not run again until the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials on July 18. The Wes Giles-trained miss drew out to a one-and-one-quarter-length trial win with a :17.410 time.

            Larry Gamez is up with the fourth post position.

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