Tough To Bee Headlines Rainbow Derby Trials

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday's 440-yard trials will meet in the July 22 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Tough To Bee finished in a dead heat for the win in the June 11, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity. The Oklahoma-bred gelding will make his next start in Sunday's 440-yard Rainbow Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Paragon Farms LLC's Tough To Bee, a sorrel son of Apollitical Jess trained by Trey Wood, will make his next start in Sunday's 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the 11 trials will meet in the $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby final on July 22.

Tough To Bee finished in a dead heat for the win in the 400-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 10. The gelding has won all three of his outs this sesaon, including the 350-yard, $62,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park, and he has earned $277,080.

Tough To Be drew post 6 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the first heat.

Duponte, a Grade 1-wining Amerrican Runaway colt, has been supplemented to the Rainbow Derby trials for $40,000 by his owners, Bobby D. Cox and Homero and Kristen Paredes. Trained by Judd Kearl, Duponte will be stretching out in distance off of his fourth-place finish, two lengths behind winner Hold Air Hostage, in the 400-yard, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park on June 3.

Duponte has banked $673,615 from 10 races, and his four wins include a one-length victory in last year's Heritage Place Futurity (G1). The colt drew post 4 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the first trial.

Nueve Racing's Apolltical Chad, a $38,000 purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, will race in the ninth heat. A gelded son of Apollitical Jess trained by Wes Giles, Apolltical Chad won last year's $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1), and he ended his juvenile campaign with a fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Imperial Eagle, in the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1). The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Larry Payne.

Imperial Eagle was last year's champion 2-year-old, and the gray son of One Famous Eagle is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the seventh trial. Trained by Tony Sedillo for owners Charles and Christina Robinson, Imperial Eagle is coming off of a neck victory as the even-money choice in the 400-yard, $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on June 10.

A $48,000 purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Imperial Eagle has earned $1,763,907 from 11 outs. The gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

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