All American Derby Qualifier: Duponte
Sorrel Colt, American Runaway-Havanah Goodtime by Ivory James
Race Record: 13-6-2-0 $770,415
Breeder: Bobby Cox
Trainer: James Padgett
Jockey: Rodrigo Vallejo
Qualifying time: :21.441
RACE RECORD: Duponte is a two-time stakes winner in his 13-race career, including a victory in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1), and has earned $770,415. This summer, he was fourth in the Rainbow Derby, and then won his All American Derby trial by 2¼ lengths.
BREEDER: Bobby Cox, who earlier this year joined the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, is Duponte’s breeder and co-owner. He has bred the earners of more than $25.3 million, and not only bred but also raced the likes of champion and All American Derby winner Brimmerton, champion Wahoo, All American Derby winner Dont Let Down and Grade 1 performer Zoomin With Ease.
OWNER: Cox sold the horse at the 2015 TQHA Yearling Sale for $6,700 to Kristen Paredes, then bought an interest back in the horse in July of the horse's freshman year, sharing ownership with Kristen and Homero Paredes.
TRAINER: James Padgett II has trained eight winners from 56 starters, with earnings of $24,098. He has two horses in the All American Derby; he also trains fastest qualifier Hold Air Hostage.
QUALIFYING JOCKEY: Jockey Rodrigo Vallejo has since 1994 ridden the earners of more than $21.6 million. They include 19 Grade 1 victories, including this summer aboard Hold Air Hostage in the Rainbow Derby and Eagle Jazz in the Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities. With five months left in the year, he has already earned $1.98 million this year, putting him on track to match or exceed his previous best year, 2008, in which horses he rode earned $2,286,174. He also qualified Hold Air Hostage to the race.
PEDIGREE: American Runaway was a son of Ocean Runaway out of the Strawfly Special mare Allamericandreamgirl who won the 2010 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and fell a nostril short in the Remington Park Futurity (G1), Rainbow Futurity (G1) and Texas Classic Futurity (G1). He would be honored as the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt for that tremendous body of work. The stallion entered stud in 2012, but tragically died in 2013. He has sired 28 winners from 49 starters and earners of more than $1.6 million.
Duponte’s dam Havanah Goodtime is a homebred for Cox, by Cox’s co-owned stallion Ivory James and out of Jess Celebrating, herself a daughter of Fitting Celebration. This is the family of champion Brimmerton, who won the 2004 All American Derby.
She also produced this year’s Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner, Nymeria. She has a yearling by Heza Fast Dash named Sunnysyde.