Nueve Racing’s Apolltical Chad got the jump at the start and that may have been the difference in a narrow win over A Revenant in the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
It was the all-time record purse for the Ruidoso Futurity, eclipsing the $750,000 purse in 2013.
Apolltical Chad won by a head in :17.690 for the 350 yards.
Tough To Bee was third, a neck behind A Revenant.
“The horse was doing everything perfect,” said winning rider Adrian A. Ramos. “He took the lead and he wouldn’t quit. He always tries. He went out a little, but he came back to his position and he ran really, really well.
“He’s a positive horse and we’re thinking forward.”
Apolltical Chad, a $38,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, started his career at Remington Park and was a close second in that debut. The Apollitical Jess-sired gelding then came to Ruidoso Downs and stepped up for trainer Wes Giles. He was gelded shortly after he arrived at the Giles barn.
Owned by nine interests that comprise Nueve Racing, Apolltical Chad raced to the third-fastest time of :17.770 for 350 yards on the first of two days of Ruidoso Futurity trials. He won that trial by two-and-one-quarter lengths and that established him as the 5-2 second choice in the Ruidoso Futurity.
The $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus goes to the connections of any horse that can win the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities. It appears that the Apolltical Chad crew will be passing on the opportunity.
“I don’t think that there is any horse – with so many good horses these days – that can win all three races,” said Giles. “It’s tough, so we’ll pass the Rainbow and point at the All American. We’ll let the horse tell us.” The All American Futurity offers the world’s largest two-year-old purse, $3 million, on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.
Apolltical Chad had his mind on business coming out of the gate and that helped him achieve the Ruidoso Futurity win. That’s an improvement for the gelding. “He has a very short attention span,” said Giles. “I think that will improve with maturity.”
A Revanant did not have such good fortune. The colt hopped at the start and then was brushed on both sides before he was able to find his stride. He had a running lane and closed well, but was unable to catch Apolltical Chad.
A strapping son of Mr Jess Perry, A Revenant made his career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. He impressed with a one-length win and the second-fastest time of :17.748. He was the 19-10 favorite in the Ruidoso Futurity.
The Mike Joiner-trained A Revenant was a $152,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway.
Third-place finisher Tough To Bee, another gelding by Apollitical Jess, was overlooked at 15-1 odds and came through with a strong effort for trainer Blane Wood, who qualified four of the Ruidoso Futurity finalists.
Tough To Bee was ridden by Ivan Carnero, who won Saturday’s $1,068,631 Ruidoso Derby on Jess Good Candy and the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile on the futurity undercard.
Owned by Paragon Farms, Tough To Bee was second in his first career start at Remington Park and then took his Ruidoso Futurity trial by one length.
Apollitical Scout Takes $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile
The hot weekend for trainer Clint Crawford and jockey Ivan Carnero continued when Apollitical Scout easily handled her rivals in the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile, a race for horses who did not qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity.
On Saturday, the Crawford-trained and Carnero-ridden Jess Good Candy dominated the Grade 1, $1,068,631 Ruidoso Derby to remain undefeated.
Apollitical Scout quickly reached his top-end speed coming out of the second post position and went on to cover the 350 yards in :17.751. He finished one-and-one-quarter lengths ahead of Princess Of Torts and it was another neck back to third-place finisher Magical Jess.
Preston and Karen Cloud’s Apollitical Scout, sired by Apollitical Jess, won her maiden in her third start with the Ruidoso Juvenile score. She was second in a Remington Park maiden race and then was second to Ruidoso Futurity runner-up A Revenant in their Ruidoso Futurity trial.
Terry and Irene Stennett’s Princess Of Torts, a Corona Cartel filly, was a close second in her Ruidoso Futurity trial. The Blane Wood-trained miss made her career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials.
Magical Jess, a gelding by One Sweet Jess, made his fourth career start and had stakes experience with a second-place effort in the Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise.