Apollitical High Wins The Vinton Stakes
MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021
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APOLLITICAL HIGH WINS THRILLING
VINTON STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS
- ROSENDO VALDEZ RUNNER SNARES SECOND STAKES TALLY OF THE YEAR -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $48,500 Vinton Stakes on Monday as it began the fifth week of American Quarter Horse racing for 2021. The race was won by Rosendo Valdez’s Apollitical High, who rallied from behind and just got up at the wire to win the 400-yard test for 3-year-olds by a head.
Under jockey David Alvarez, Apollitical High broke last in the Vinton and was playing catch-up for most of the race for Louisiana-breds before making a late surge to win at the wire over Whos My Papa and Jess Sweet Time. The Rosendo Valdez, Jr. trainee covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 19.935 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 87.
The win was Apollitical High’s third in a row and his second in stakes company. On March 27 he took the $121,000 Mardi Gras Derby at Louisiana Downs after beginning his streak in a trial for that race three weeks earlier. Apollitical High earned $30,000 for his Vinton score and now owns a career bankroll of $97,731.
Bred in Louisiana by Leroy L. Fotenot, Jr., Apollitical High is a sorrel gelding by Apolltical Blood, out of the Toast To Dash mare Toastem Honi.
Sent to the gate as a heavy favorite in a field of just four after scratches, Apollitical High paid $2.60 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Whos My Papa returned $4.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Jess Sweet Time was worth $2.10 to show.
Delta Downs will continue live racing this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Post time each day is at 3 pm. The Saturday card includes two major stakes events, the $318,983 Lassie Futurity (RG2) and the $346,842 Laddie Futurity (RG2).
For more information about the season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.