All American Derby Qualifier: Hold Air Hostage



Sorrel Gelding, Apollitical Jess-Fols Zookie Cookie by Fols Gold

Race Record: 10-7-1-1 $642,636
Breeder: Luis Miguel Albores Gleason
Owner: Darling Farms
Trainer: James Padgett
Jockey: Rodrigo Vallejo
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RACE RECORD: Fastest qualifier Hold Air Hostage has had quite a year in 2017. So far this year, he has won five of seven starts, including the Heritage Place Derby (G2) and Rainbow Derby (G1). He is the fastest qualifier to the All American after winning the 11th trial by 3¼ lengths.

BREEDER: Luis Miguel Albores Gleason has bred 33 winners from 100 starters that have earned more than $1.2 million since 2015. 

OWNER: Dan Darling’s Darling Farms paid the $50,000 nomination to get Hold Air Hostage into the All American Derby trials, and saw the horse qualify powerfully. The Lamont, Oklahoma, based farm has 53 winners from 338 starters and earners of more than $1.8 million. They also co-own 2016 All American Futurity qualifier One Fabulous Eagle.

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 Duponte.

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 Duponte to the race.

PEDIGREE: Apollitical Jess was his sport’s world champion in 2010, with two Grade 1 wins and earnings of $1,399,831 before he retired. The son of Mr Jess Perry and champion Apollitical Time, from four crops to race, Apollitical Jess has sired the earners of more than $13.3 million. He is the sire of 2015 All American Derby winner Apollitical Blood and qualifier Elicity.

Stakes-winning dam Fols Zookie Cookie has produced 11 winners from 13 starters and the earners of more than $1.5 million. They include stakes winners Thru Rebas Eyes, Zookie Street and stakes-placed runner Brave Heart Won.