TRAINER SAMMY VALDIVIA HAS FASTEST HORSE FOR MARCH 13 TRAINING RACES
Trainer Sammy Valdivia sent out the fastest horse in nine training races at Remington Park on Wednesday. Trainer Manuel Rodriguez saddled a pair of winners that were just an eyelash or two behind the top horse.
Valdivia scored with Apollitical J Twin 1 in the first training race of the day into an extremely gusty 30 mph headwind which reached as high as 32 mph as the day wore on. Jockey Juan Pulido prevailed with the winning 2-year-old American Quarter Horse, owned by Julio Gonzalez, scoring by a head over runner-up Alchemyst. The winner, by Apollitical Jess, out of the Chicks Beduino Jr mare Chalala, stopped the timer for 250 yards in 13.628 seconds for a speed index of 74, tops on the day. The horses that ran second, Alchemyst (13.661) and Envogue (13.676) would have won virtually every other training race on the day, running only a head and another head back, respectively.
Rodriguez’s two winners – Soul Kisser in the fifth training race and Combined in the seventh – were just thousandths of a fraction of a second slower than the time posted by Apollitical J Twin 1.
The headwind Wednesday was the highest of the season, topping the Feb. 13 training races when gusts were from 23-25 mph.
The winners of the training races Wednesday other than the fastest were Hundred Year Flood (second race, by a neck, in 13.851 seconds, for a 65 speed index, for trainer Shawna Manriquez and owner Craig Lauger), Chevaux (third race, three-quarters of a length, 14.204, 51, John Buchanan, Bobby Cox), Wager on Your Wagon (fourth race, head, 14.111, 55, Amanda Tongay, Jose Guzman), Soul Kisser (fifth race, one length, 13.640, 74, Manuel Rodriguez, MRB Racing LLC), Jesta Wave (sixth race, head, 13.955, 61, John Hammes, Lonnie Terwilliger), Combined (seventh race, half-length, 13.631, 74, Manuel Rodriguez, MRB Racing LLC), Wired Special (eighth race, three-quarters of a length,13.882, 64, Loyd Moreland, Ken or Reba George), BV Tempting Fate (ninth race, head, 14.112, 55, owner-trainer Leonardo Alcala).
The fastest winner’s sire Apollitical Jess is the all-time leading single-season sire of money earners. He also was a bullet on the racetrack. He was World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, AQHA Racing Champion 3-year-old and AQHA Racing Champion 3-year-old Colt. He won 8-of-14 starts lifetime for earnings of $1,399,831, most of that compiled in his 3-year-old year. Among his top stakes wins were the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos and the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby in southern California. He also finished second in the Grade 1 All-American Derby at Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
The 2019 Remington Park Quarter Horse season continues Thursday night at 6 p.m. with 11 races.
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