2018 sorrel gelding, Apollitical Jess-Crazy Down Corona by First Down Dash
Race Record: 14-11-0-0 $795,291
Breeder: Jeff Jones and Steve Holt
Owner: Jeff Jones and Steve Holt
Trainer: Heath Taylor
Qualifying Jockey: Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo
Qualifying Time: :21.138
RACE RECORD: Empressum is riding a seven-race win streak that began with his first start this year, a Remington Park Derby trial. He has won the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (RG2), Ruidoso Derby (G1) and Rainbow Derby (G1).
With his three-length victory in the All American Derby trial, he attempts to become the fourth horse to win the Ruidoso Derby Triple Crown.
BREEDER/OWNER: Oklahoma-based breeders and owners Jeff Jones and Steve Holt, they raced the horse’s dam, Crazy Down Corona, and as owners have 23 wins and more than $1 million in stable earnings.
TRAINER: Trainer Heath Taylor has saddled the earners of more than $34 million, including All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner.
QUALIFYING JOCKEY: Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo has ridden the earners of more than $28 million, including world champion Jessies First Down. He also rode qualifier Mister Illusion and Shott Gun.
PEDIGREE: Leading sire Apollitical Jess is a 14-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry who earned more than $1.3 million on the racetrack and has to date sired the earners of more than $41 million. The stallion stands at James Ranch in Wayne, Oklahoma. He is also the sire of qualifier Apollitical Redflash.
Dam Crazy Down Corona contested the 2010 Heritage Place Futurity (G1). She has produced four winners from seven starters.