(Mr Jess Perry - Apollitical Time by Apollo)
Qualified by winning the Los Alamitos Super Derby
Lifetime Record: 13-7-4-0, $1,024,831 2010 Record: 7-5-1-0, $691,011
Apollitical Jess' mother, the multiple national champion Apollitical Time, twice ran in the Champion of Champions, finishing third in 2005 and fourth in 2006. Apollitical Jess is looking to better his mother's performances in the Champion of Champions, as he's considered by many as one of the favorites to win this year's renewal of the 440-yard classic.
There have been eight 3-year-old colts that have won the Champion of Champions since the inception of the race in 1972. Three of those winners have come in the last eight years in the form of The Down Side in 2003, Ocean Runaway in 2005 and Wave Carver in 2006, so recent history is very well on the side of Apollitical Jess. Blazing speed is also on the side of the son of Mr Jess Perry. Owned and bred by Juan Alberto Tirado Lizarraga, who won the 2005 Super Derby with Apollitical Time, the sorrel colt has been a juggernaut at Los Alamitos Race Course this season. In his most recent start, the California-bred colt won the richest running ever of the Los Alamitos Super Derby when taking the Grade 1 $1,052,000 race by a ½ length over fellow Champion of Champions finalist Divide The Cash. In the process of his Super Derby win, Apollitical Jess set a track record at 400 yards, breaking the mark set by Freaky last year of :19.15. Apollitical Jess stopped the clock in a tremendous time of :19.133 only 20 days after nearly breaking Freaky's record when winning his Super Derby trial in a time of :19.190 while also posting the fastest final 220-yard time ever recorded at Los Alamitos of :09.15.
Apollitical Jess has earned $1,024,831 in his career. He is one of 59 Quarter Horses in history to have gone over the million dollar mark in earnings. To go along with his Super Derby win, Apollitical Jess has finished second in the All American Derby this year and second in last year's Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.
"We went to Ruidoso Downs and got a little unlucky in the All American Derby final to finish second, but Apollitical Jess has shown that he is one of the toughest horses in the nation," said trainer Juan Aleman, who in addition to Apollitical Jess also trained Apollitical Time. "Freaky is the horse to beat in the Champion of Champions. He is the world champion and we have to beat him if we want to take his crown away. He's a great horse and you're going to have to beat him. A Tempting Dash ran a great race (on November 6) and he beat Freaky in the Go Man Go so he's another great runner in the Champion of Champions. What I love about my horse is that he (has shown) that he has the kind of speed to be right there with Freaky. I know that the 440 yard distance is not going to be a problem for him and I'm confident about that. Apollitical Jess is a big time horse. Look what he did at the Ruidoso Mountain . He ran two great 440-yard races. He ran under 21 seconds - :20.87 to be exact - when he beat Double Down Special in the trials, and then he ran another strong race to run second in the final. We have a big time horse and if he breaks with Freaky I believe that we can beat him."
Tirado Lizarraga lives in Mazatlan , Mexico and is one of only eight owners to have won the Super Derby more than once. He often travels to the Orange County track to watch his horses run in the company of his wife Armida and their three daughters, Marbella , Itzel and Maily. Tirado Lizarraga consigned the colt to the 2008 Ruidoso Yearling Sale in 2008, but he repurchased him for $100,000. He is the first foal out of Apollitical Time, a mare that Tirado Lizarraga has since sold to Julianna Hawn Holt. For Tirado Lizarraga, Apollitical Time earned $904,242, won four Grade 1 races and defeated males in the Los Alamitos Championship and the Los Alamitos Super Derby.
"Apollitical Jess reminds me of his mother in that he is quick out of the gate and he has no problem going 440 yards," Aleman added. "He did that in the mountain when he beat Double Down Special in their All American Derby trials. Apollitical Jess is the complete package. He can motor down the stretch and is a long striding horse."
"He gets a lot of his looks from his mother," Aleman continued. "He has the size of Mr Jess Perry but when I look at him he looks like Apollitical Time. She wasn't too tall of a mare and she was compact. He's got his mama's heart. They even have the same color and the same socks (white feet). He's not big and not real wide but he is long. He's not a thick horse. The most important thing is that he can run."
"If you are 3-year-old and you want to be a world champion then you have to beat older horses and the world champion Freaky and A Tempting Dash are here, so it doesn't get any tougher," said Tirado Lizarraga. "The way I see it, Freaky is the world champion and A Tempting Dash beat him so if we want to be a champion then we have to beat those two horses."
Earlier this year, Apollitical Jess had two high profile races against Double Down Special. The two met in a trial to the All American Derby in which Apollitical Jess earned a hard-fought win over world-record holder Double Down Special in :20.878 for 440 yards, the quickest time from seven trials that afternoon. In the final, Double Down Special got even by beating Apollitical Time by a neck in what was really a two-horse race. Double Down Special's time was :21.234.
"It was a good race," Aleman said of the All American Derby. "He broke a little slow and it cost him the race. But that's horse racing."
And Apollitical Jess is ready to race again and this time it's in the Champion of Champions.