01/13/2011 1:23PM

Apollitical Jess named World Champion Quarter Horse of 2010


Apollitical Jess, who set track records for 400 and 440 yards with major stakes wins at Los Alamitos in November and December, was named 2010 World Champion Quarter Horse in a ceremony in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening.

Owner Juan Alberto Tirado Lizzaraga of Mazatlan, Mexico, and trainer Juan Aleman, who is based at Los Alamitos, traveled to the Midwest for the ceremony. Aleman described Tirado as “ecstatic” with the news. “It’s a relief because we wanted to win it so bad,” Aleman said.

Apollitical Jess was also named champion 3-year-old colt and overall champion 3-year-old, outpolling Double Down Special, who was named champion 3-year-old gelding.

Apollitical Jess finished second to Double Down Special in the All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs in September, Double Down Special’s final start of 2010. Apollitical Jess later won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby in record time of 19.13 seconds for 400 yards on Nov. 6. Five weeks later, Apollitical Jess won the prestigious Champion of Champions against older horses, running 440 yards in record time of 20.93 seconds.

Apollitical Jess was retired after the Champion of Champions and enters stud this year at JEH Stallion Station in Wynnewood, Okla., for $10,000. He won 8 of 14 starts and $1,399,831. “We’re going to see him” on Thursday, Aleman said.

Two other horses were honored with multiple titles. Spit Curl Diva, a six-time stakes winner in 2010, was named champion aged horse and aged mare. She was ninth in the Champion of Champions.

American Runaway, the winner of the Ruidoso Futurity in May and the runner-up in Remington Park, Rainbow, and Texas Classic futurities, was named champion 2-year-old colt and overall champion 2-year-old.

In other categories, Pink Boots RM was honored as champion 3-year-old filly; Gone to the Mountain was named aged stallion; and Noconi, who won 4 of 5 starts, all in stakes, was champion aged gelding.

Flying Fig, second in three seven-figure futurities at Los Alamitos, was honored as outstanding 2-year-old filly; JLS Mr Bigtime, second by a nose in the All American Futurity, was champion 2-year-old gelding; and De Passem Okey, a $7,500 claim in April and the subsequent winner of three stakes, was champion distance horse.

The awards given to people contained familiar names. Bobby Cox, of Fort Worth, who is part of the ownership of American Runaway, was named outstanding owner for the second time.

Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos, was honored as outstanding breeder for the 11th time, while Paul Jones was named outstanding trainer for the ninth consecutive year.

Jacky Martin, who overcame personal and legal problems to resume riding in 2010, was named outstanding jockey, an award the 55-year-old rider won for the second time. He was also named the outstanding jockey of 1990.