Hold Air Hostage Headlines Grade 1 All American Derby

The Apollitical Jess gelding risks his four-race streak on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Hold Air Hostage, pictured here winning his trial on August 20, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's Grade 1, 440-yard All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Darling Farms' Hold Air Hostage, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 morning-line favorite, will put his four-race win streak on the line in Sunday's 440-yard, $1,365,908 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Hold Air Hostage is coming off of a dominating 3 1/2-length victory on a sloppy and sealed track in the 11th of 13 trials on August 20. Trained by Jimmy Padgett, the gelded son of Apollitical Jess has won all three of his outs at Ruidoso this summer, including the 440-yard, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby (G1) as the fastest qualifier on July 22, and his current streak includes a 1 3/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park on July 3.

Hold Air Hostage drew post 7 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

Other contenders include Duponte, a homebred colt by American Runaway trained by Padgett for owners Bobby D. Cox, Homero Paredes, and Kristen Paredes. The second-fastest qualifier, Duponte was a prompt 3-10 favorite in the 12th All American Derby trial. The colt has banked $770,415 from 13 starts, and his six wins include last year's Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park and Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs.

Duponte drew the rail post and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Duponte (Jose Alvarez), 7-2
Elicity (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1
Myst Fit (Ricky Ramirez), 9-2
De La Eagle (Tanner Thedford), 15-1
The Marfa Lights (Larry Payne), 6-1
Magestic Eagle (G.R. Carter Jr.), 15-1
Hold Air Hostage (Rodrigo Vallejo), 2-1
Bellissima Chocolata (Jose Montoya), 30-1
One Sweet Racy (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 12-1
Machismo Moon (Mauro Salcedo), 20-1

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