angle-left Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship

Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship

BOS Time Machine earns the season's first provisional berth to the Champion of Champions.

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Gary and Dee Hoovestal’s BOS Time Machine punched his ticket to the 2020 Champion of Champions with his head victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $159,550 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Paul Jones and racing on a track labeled "wet fast," BOS Time Machine stopped the timer in :19.775 while scoring his first graded stakes win. The 4-year-old Bodacious Dash gelding earned $67,011 to bring his bankroll to $128,008 from 17 outs.

BOS Time Machine was bred in Idaho by Mark and Peggy Brown. The gelding gave Jones his sixth victory in the Winter Championship to extend his stakes record. The 14-time AQHA champion trainer won his first two Winter Championships running with Whosleavingwho (2003 and 2005) and then followed it with Volcom (2007), Good Reason SA (2011), and Rylees Boy (2013). 

“He got an awkward break,” Jones said of BOS Time Machine. “He kind of hopped out of there. He kind of beat the gate, but he hopped. He came down running. I’m really proud of him.

"It was getting a little scary," the trainer added. "I thought the gray horse (runner-up Corona Jumpim MRL) had him beat a little ways. I was hollering at him to get by the gray horse, and then I started seeing Powerful Favorite coming on the outside. It got a little scary there for a minute. I noticed at the wire that he held on. It was a happy moment.” 

With a Champion of Champions berth in his pocket, BOS Time Machine will likely have a few months off before returning for the Grade 1, 400-yard Go Man Go Handicap on August 30. 

“I’ve learned that if you win the Winter Championship and earn the Champion of Champions berth, you want to give the horse some time off,” Jones said. “Hopefully he returns with a strong second half of the year.”

Powerful Favorite finished third, a head behind Corona Jumpim MRL, and was followed by Jess Macho Corona, Jess My Kiss, My Favorite Cartel, Bail Czech, and HTR Miamor Tequilla.

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