Champion Hold Air Hostage Returns in Grade 1 Go Man Go

The gelding will make his second start at Los Alamitos on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Darling Farms' Hold Air Hostage, pictured here winning this year's Sooner State Stakes for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

A full field of 10, topped by 2017 champion 3-year-old Hold Air Hostage, has been entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos.

A 4-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Jess trained by Jaime Gomez for owner Darling Farms, Hold Air Hostage made his local debut with a second-place finish, a nose behind winner BH Lisas Boy, in the 440-yard, $50,000 Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3) on August 11.

Hold Air Hostage competed at Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park last year, where the gelding won the All American (G1), Rainbow (G1), and Heritage Place (G2) derbies. He drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jose Nicasio.

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred 5-year-old Zoomin For Bux gelding trained by Monty Arrossa, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala. Zoomin For Spuds will be making his first start since July 8, when he scored a nose victory in the 400-yard, $170,000 Vessels Maturity (G1).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Chicks Fayvorite (Erasmo Gasca, 120), 30-1
Tarzanito (Eddie S. Garcia, 124), 5-1
Zoomin For Spuds (Jesus Ayala, 126), 7-2
Royaltys Authority (Jonathan Roman, 123), 20-1
Unclaimed Dividend (Cesar Franco, 120), 50-1
He Looks Hot (Carlos Huerta, 124), 6-1
Kissed By An Eagle (Ramon Sanchez, 123), 12-1
Hold Air Hostage (Jose Nicasio, 126), 8-5
Rite Regal (Cruz Mendez, 123), 20-1
LD Is Back (Eduardo Nicasio, 123), 4-1

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