John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

Longshot Apolinaria Prize gets her first graded stakes win.

Apolinaria Prize. Coady Photography

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Juan Manuel Marquez's Apolinaria Prize, an 8-1 longshot in a field of 10 2-year-olds, led at every call en route to a neck victory in Saturday's $130,625 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Albuquerque Downs.

Ridden by Cesar Moreno for trainer Jose Rosales Gomez, Apolinaria Prize covered 350 yards in :17.298 while recording a 96 speed index. The bay daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Fast Prize Cartel also banked $60,087 from her second career stakes win and first graded stakes victory.

Apolinaria Prize was bred in California by Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms LLC. The filly is out of SS Calendar Girl, an 11-year-old daughter of the Fishers Dash stallion Finding Nemo who won the 2013 Speedhorse Derby (G3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Her second dam, the Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Robin, won the '06 Remington Park Futurity (G1).

Raced in three states, including Oregon and Washington, Apolinaria Prize has won four of six outs -- including the August 22, $51,000 John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge -- and she has earned $98,925.

Lil Longmire ran second and was followed by Scoops Dynasty, Here Comes Candy, Awesome View, De Laurentis, Kas Shes EC, Deutsch, Fly Donna Fly and Viva Le Zoom.

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