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Hold Air Hostage Runs Away From All American Derby Field

Ty Wyant

             Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage showed why he is the number-one-ranked older quarter horse in the nation with a total domination of his rivals in the Grade 1, $1,365,908 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            Supporting the All American Derby was the $100,000 First Down Dash for horses that did not qualify for the All American Derby.

            The win with Hold Air Hostage gave trainer James Padgett II and jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo their second Grade I wins of the afternoon. Two races earlier on the program, Padgett and Vallejo combined to win the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold with Jessies First Down.

            Hold Air Hostage scrambled from the starting gate and within several strides the 440-yard sprint was, essentially, over. He just powered away from the field to win by an easy two-and-one-quarter lengths in :21.231.

            “I don’t want to sound too confident or like I’m bragging, but as soon as he broke in front, it was over,” said Padgett. “I mean, the horse is a monster. He’s the fastest horse I’ve ever seen. Once he left like that, all that was left was the screaming.”

            Johnny Trotter’s One Sweet Racy finished second by a neck over Duponte, owned by breeder Bobby Cox with Homero and Kristen Paredes.

            Hold Air Hostage raced to his fifth consecutive victory and he has two Grade 1 wins during this winning streak. He moved to the number-one position after his one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby on July 22. He started the winning streak by taking the Grade 2, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby on June 3.

            “We’re going to wait until tomorrow, at least, before we decide what to do next with the horse,” said Padgett. “I’d like to take him to the Champion Of Champions (in December at Los Alamitos) but we’ll have to see.

            “This is special. I’ve had a lot of people along that way that put me in this position. My mentor and old boss, Judd Kearl, helped me along the way and put me in the position where we could do our job and perform.”

            The Trey Wood-trained One Sweet Racy gained a valuable Grade 1 stakes placing that enhances her status when she becomes a broodmare. The well-bred daughter of One Sweet Jess raced in the Rainbow Juvenile last year.

            Raul Ramirez Jr. rode One Sweet Racy.

            Third-place finisher Duponte has been a force in the Grade 1 ranks since his two-year-old season. Last year, he won the Grade 1, $1-million Heritage Place Futurity.

            Also from the Padgett barn, Duponte was ridden by Jose Amador Alvarez.

            In the 440-yard First Down Dash, Paragon Farms, LLC’s Ruidoso Derby winner Tough To Bee held off a furious rush from All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle to win by a diminishing neck.

            The Ricky Ramirez-ridden Tough To Bee was timed in :21.421.

            Tough To Bee, in the second post position, got the jump on Imperial Eagle, coming out of the third post position. Imperial Eagle, with Esgar Ramirez up, was bumped at the start and then shifted gears into his long, extending stride midway through the race. He was closing, however was unable to get past the game Tough To Bee.

            Eyesa Texan was one-and-a-quarter lengths back in third.

            Tough To Bee has had an impressive summer at Ruidoso Downs for trainer Trey Wood. He finished on even terms with Magical Jess in the Grade 1, $800,000 Ruidoso Derby and won his All American Derby trial by one length as the odds-on favorite. He won the $62,000 Mr Master Bug Handicap at Remington Park this spring.

            A gelding by Apollitical Jess, Tough To Bee was third in last year’s Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and third in the Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity.

            Christina and the Estate of Charles Robinson’s Imperial Eagle, the 4-5 favorite, does his best work on Labor Day weekend. He won last year’s Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity by a neck over The Marfa Lights.

            The gelding by One Famous Eagle went on to guarantee the 2016 champion two-year-old title with wins in the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship and the $200,000 Sunland Winter Juvenile.

            Garlyn Shelton’s homebred Eyesa Texan was never in contention for the win, but picked up third place at 18-1 odds. The John Stinebaugh-trained gelding was third in the $100,000 Corona Cartel.

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Jessies First Down Makes Statement In All American Gold Cup

Ty Wyant

             Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down made a strong statement about possibly defending his 2016 world championship title when he ran away from a strong field in the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            The field had earned $5.8 million coming into the All American Gold Cup.

            The Gold Cup win was the first of two Grade 1 wins during the afternoon for trainer James Padgett II and jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo. Two races later they won the Grade 1, $1.3-million All American Derby.

            Jessies First Down started alertly from the outside post position and had an abundance of racing room. Vallejo allowed him to settle into his stride and none of his impressive competitors were able to give him a race.

            The six-year-old gelding won by a dominating two-and-one-quarter lengths in :21.134 for the 440 yards.

            “He got a good break,” said Vallejo. “He’s a very, very fast horse.

            Chief rival Zoomin Effortlessly made a late rally to grab second by a head over Apollitical Ok.

            A year ago. Telesforo Perrett’s Zoomin Effortlessly won the All American Gold Cup by one length over Jessies First Down.

            Jessies First Down was named the 2016 world champion by concluding his 2016 campaign with three consecutive Grade 1 wins after his second-place run in the All American Gold Cup. The Fdd Dynasty-sired gelding won the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap, the $150,000 Zia Park Championship and the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park.

            A gelding by Fdd Dynasty, Jessies First Down was making his first start in the All American Gold Cup since finishing a head behind Zoomin Effortlessly in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship back in June.

            “We’ll take him to Prairie Meadows for the (Bank of America) Challenge Championship,” said Abrams. “If he wins there, then we would go to the Champion of Champions (at Los Alamitos), otherwise he would come back to New Mexico.” The Challenge Championships will be held on October 14.

            Zoomin Effortlessly was also making his first appearance since the Remington Park Championship and his close win over Jessies First Down. He was second to Jessies First Down in the Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park.

            Santos Carrizales rode Zoomin Effortlessly for trainer Edelmiro Carrizales.

            J. Oscar Dominguez and Joel Martinez’s Appollitical Ok won the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on August 5 at Ruidoso Downs. That was his only win from five 2017 starts.

            The gelded son of Appollitical Jess is trained by Joel Valeriano, Jr. and was ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

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Television Coverage For All American Futurity and Derby

Ty Wyant

            The $3-million All American Futurity on Monday and the $1.3-million All American Derby on Sunday will receive extensive live television coverage.

            The All American Futurity and the All American Derby will be covered by RIDE TV on Dish channel 248. Sunday’s All American Derby telecast will run from 3:30 to the end of the derby post-race interviews with the All American Futurity telecast being shown from 4:00 to the end of relevant coverage. All times are mountain time.

            Sunday’s coverage will include live coverage of the $200,000 All American Gold Cup and Monday’s show includes the $200,000 All American Juvenile.

            The hosts will be Tom Dawson and Dave Appleton.

            RIDE TV is also available to DISH Latino (248HD), Armstrong (235HD/489SD), Windstream Communications (1674HD/674SD), Century Link (1669HD/669SD), Google Fiber (254HD), CalTel Communications (596HD/96SD), Jefferson County Cable (140HD/50SD), Layer3 TV (272HD), Shentel (370HD), FiOS by Verizon (635HD), Grupo TVCable (297HD) and Viking Broadband (19SD) subscribers.

            Coverage is also available on from any connected device.

            The All American Futurity will be televised from 5:00 to 5:30 on KASA Fox and is sponsored by AQHA. It will also air on KLBK in Lubbock, KTSM in El Paso and KCIT in Amarillo.

            An enhanced live stream of the KASA Fox broadcast will be available on also beginning at 5 and continuing into the winner’s circle presentation. Complete qualifier profiles and coverage also is available at

            The hosts will be Chad Brummett and Kristen Currie.

            The races will be available online through and