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Date Posted: 4/3/2022 10:56:30 PM

Political Speed (#10), with Edwin Escobedo up, won the fourth and final trial for the restricted G2 Remington Park Derby, topping the qualifying list of 10.
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKĖAPRIL 3, 2022ĖPolitical Speed has a conservative bankroll compared to many of the other 36 horses that competed in Sundayís Remington Park Derby trials, but that didnít stop this geldingís hooves from being the fastest qualifier for the finals.

This 3-year-old gelded son of prolific sire Apollitical Jess, out of the Corona Cartel mare Fast Prize Corona, stopped the timer 400 yards in :19.867 over a fast surface for the fastest time of the four trials.

Jockey Edwin Escobedo pushed him to victory for owners Kim Paulsen and Tom Maher of Pierre, S.D. and trainer Jason Olmstead in the fourth and final trial of the day. Olmstead was awarded with a championship trophy by the American Quarter Horse Association as top trainer in the country in 2021. Political Speed was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley.

Despite only earning $54,520 thus far in his career, he will go into Restricted Grade 2 $270,535 Remington Park Derby on Saturday, April 16, with the fastest time on the books for the 10 qualifiers. In comparison, Just a Kool Boy, Dreamsville, San Lorenzo Tay, Docs Dusty Cartel and EM High Country were all well into six figures in earnings. In fact, with the $2,928 he earned for running second in his trial, San Lorenzo Tay sits at $646,670 in his bankroll. He will be the most prosperous horse in the finals despite checking in at sixth-fastest in the trials.

The wind may have played a minor factor in the qualifying. The first trial got underway with a 16-mph headwind. It calmed to 14 mph for the second, 11 for the third and finished in the fourth at 9 mph.

It was Political Speedís fifth win in eight starts, so the average amount of earnings in his wallet has nothing to do with the horseís desire to win. If he hadnít hopped at the start of the $221,000 Black Gold Futurity Championship at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., last fall, this might have been his sixth win in a row.

He won an All American Futurity trial on Aug. 20 last year at Ruidoso Downs, but it wasnít fast enough to qualify for that final. He then went to WRD and won an allowance race for non-winners of two, followed by a victory in a Black Gold futurity trial on Oct. 29. Thatís when he lost all hopes of big stakes money when he hopped as the gates opened.

After that, he was back on form with a trip to the winnerís circle at Remington Park in his 2022 debut among allowance horses in a race for non-winners of four career events. The trial win Sunday gave him five wins in his last six starts.

Thatís not too shabby for a horse whose dam (mother) won only once in four tries in a maiden race at Remington Park. Throw that out, however, and he still is sired by a stallion that has thrown three All American Futurity winners.

In Political Speedís trial Sunday, he engaged in a battle gate-to-wire with A Tres of Eagle and outlasted that gelding by a neck. His winning speed index, and tops in the trials was 88.The top four in that heat qualified in the top 10.

CLICK HERE for a list the 10 qualifiers for the $270,535 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby(RG2), with times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys. Live racing continues next week, April 7-10, with a Thursday-Saturday first post time at 6 p.m. and a Sunday card that begins at 4 p.m. (CDT).

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