Hold Air Hostage Returns in All American Derby Trials

The gelding is one of two 3-year-olds supplemented to Sunday's trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Darling Farms' Hold Air Hostage, pictured here winning the June 3 Heritage Place Derby at Remington Park, will make his next start in Sunday's 440-yard All American Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage, a multiple graded stakes winning Apollitical Jess gelding, is one of 116 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the September 3, $1,365,907 All American Derby final,, with the winner earning a berth in the Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in December.

Hold Air Hostage is one of two sophomores supplemented to the All American Derby trials for $50,000. The gelding has won his last three starts, including the 400-yard, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park on June 3, and the 440-yard, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso on July 3.

Hold Air Hostage drew the rail post and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Jimmy Padgett in the 11th of 13 trials. His eight opponents in the first heat include High Plains Perry, a Grade 1-winning Mr Jess Perry gelding owned by Paragon Farms LLC and the runner-up to Hold Air Hostage in the Rainbow Derby.

High Plains Perry has earned $743,660 from nine starts, and his five wins include a head victory in last year's 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. The gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Trey Wood.

Imperial Eagle, last year's champion 2-year-old, drew post 7 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez in the first trial. Trained by Tony Sedillo for owners Charles Robinson and Christina Robinson, the gray son of One Famous Eagle won two Grade 1 stakes during his freshman campaign, including the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1).

Julianna Hawn Holt's Midnight Heat, the other supplemental nomination, will be ridden from post 7 by G.R. Carter Jr. for trainer Mike Joiner in the third trial. A homebred son of Corona Cartel, the colt has earned $56,324 from five outs, and he was a finalist in last year's Texas Classic and Sam Houston (G2) futurities.

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