Political Ambition was an unraced colt when bought early at 3 by Barry Irwin as the stable's first syndicated runner.
He developed slowly, starting out in the late spring, winning at Del Mar, then blossoming quickly in the fall to win the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Capping off his season he ran third against older runners in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Handicap. At season’s end he shared topweight on The Blood-Horse Free Handicap among 3-year-olds on grass.
Political Ambition was even better at 4, taking the Grade 1 Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap, in the process breaking the course record for 1 ¼ miles with a 1:58 4/5 clocking that stood for several years.
Successful from 8 to 10 furlongs, Political Ambition as an older horse proved most effective at a mile, the former front runner learning late in life to relax and come with a devastating turn of foot.
He was second choice for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at 5, but reinjured a front ankle and was retired the winner of half his 18 races. He became a successful sire in Argentina.
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