FASTEST QUALIFIER CANDY BLOOD HEADLINES $355,800 REMINGTON PARK FINAL
Courtesy StallionESearch.com, written by Michael Cusortelli
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 15, 2021—Candy Blood, a gelded son of Apollitical Blood and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 Oklahoma-bred sophomores entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $355,800 Remington Park Derby (RG2).
Trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Rick Sumner and Dunn Ranch, Candy Blood has won three of four races at Remington Park, including the last of eight Remington Park Derby trials on April 1. The gelding’s season resume includes a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Flash Bak, in the 400-yard, $204,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) on February 13.
Candy Blood drew the rail post and will be ridden by James Flores.
Other contenders include Apollitical Gold, a homebred Apollitical Jess gelding trained by Eddie D. Willis for the Grant R. Cox Revocable Trust. Apollitical Gold has earned $981,443 from 10 outs, and his five wins include a neck victory in last year’s Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. The gelding also ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Whistle Stop Cafe, in Quarter Horse racing’s richest race, the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Apollitical Gold drew post 6 and will be ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
- Candy Blood (James Flores)
- Empressum Rodrigo Vallejo
- B Cause Im A Hero (Francisco Calderon)
- MH Apollitical Spy (Jose Vega)
- Hr Princess Jess (Cody Smith)
- Apollitical Gold (Jimmy Dean Brooks)
- A Pollitical Gal (Jorge Torres)
- Eye Work For You (Juan Pulido)
- Apollitical Bird (Justine Klaiber)
- Everlong (Benito Baca)
All Remington Park races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.