2016 brown gelding
Valiant Hero-American Feature by Feature Mr Jess
Race Record: 8-4-2-1 $82,533
Breeder: Reliance Ranches
Owner: Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen and Felix Rodriguez
Trainer: Ricardo Armendariz
Qualifying Jockey: James Flores
Qualifying Time: :21.402
RACE RECORD: Valiant Tiberias made three starts as a freshman, but has come alive in his sophomore year, winning four of five starts to date. He started with a win in the trial and finals of the Ruidoso Maiden Stakes (not a stakes), and then won his trial and the final of the $53,108 Adequan® Ruidoso Derby Challenge. He finished second in his trial, a neck behind Tools In The Sky.
BREEDER: Reliance Ranches LLC has bred the winners of 146 races and the earners of more than $2.5 million, including recent homebred Golden State Derby (G2) winner Conquering Marie and John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge winner Giving Freely. They raced Feature Hero to win the 2013 All American Derby.
OWNER: The partnership of Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen and Felix Rodriguez have in their career raced the earners of more than $148,000; in addition to Valiant Tiberias they’ve also campaigned Hot Authorization ($55,789).
TRAINER: Ricardo Armendariz has since 2017 trained the earners of more than $1.1 million, including Everybuddys Talkin ($159,395), New News ($127,056) and Jacky Martin 21 ($105,385).
QUALIFYING JOCKEY: James A. Flores has ridden 3,188 races and seen his mounts earn more than $10.5 million since 2011. Among his top runners is Political Attraction, La Vencedora, Coronas First Diva, Gold Digging Ashley, Dicecapades and EC Revenge.
PEDIGREE: Sire Valiant Hero was a finalist in the 2007 All American Derby (G1), which wrapped up his racing career in which he earned $668,633. As a sire, he has gotten the earners of more than $21 million, including All American Derby winner Feature Hero.
Valiant Tiberias’ dam, American Feature, is out of Allamericandreamgirl, who is the dam of champion and sire American Runaway ($686,355), and is also the dam of fellow All American Derby qualifier America Rules.