Storm Feet Takes Pfizer Los Al Challenge

Gelding earns first Los Alamitos victory for trainer/owner David Swett.

August 26, 2012

Owner David Swett could not have asked for a better way to start his local training career on Saturday at Los Alamitos. A longtime owner at the Orange County oval, Swett saddled his first winner at Los Alamitos thanks to Storm Feet’s gutsy victory over Moonin The Chicks in the $18,720 Pfizer Los Alamitos Starter Allowance Challenge. The victory earned Storm Feet a berth in the $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship to be held October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

“This was my first training win here, but I’ve been training horses for 25 years in Utah and Idaho,” Swett said. “I’m going to have some horses here at Los Alamitos now. They gave me 20 stalls and I have about 10 horses already here.”

Storm Feet became the barn’s marquee runner after defeating the red-hot Moonin The Chicks by a neck in the 350-yard race. Ridden by Tony Guymon, the son of Make It Anywhere covered the distance in :17.535 while improving his record to five wins in 16 career starts. Storm Feet is not done yet in Challenge races this season. Swett plans to take him to Phoenix to run in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Championship (G3).

“We do all the work with the horses at our ranch in Utah,” Swett said. “We don’t have a veterinarian at the ranch. We do all the work. I’ve been around horses for a long time. I started with the racehorses by getting an old racehorse to see if I could start roping. I quickly found out that I didn’t like roping, but I really liked horse racing. That’s how I got started.”

Moonin The Chicks, who came into this race having won four of five starts this year, settled for second place. Alota Action, Pay It Snowman, Check N Fetch, A Game and SRQH Stylinmochaman completed the field.