angle-left Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship Trials

Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship Trials

World champion He Looks Hot returns on Sunday.

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Ed Allred's He Looks Hot, the sport's reigning world champion, is one of 19 aged sprinters entered in Sunday's 400-yard Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trials.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the February 9 final. The winner of the final will earn a provisional berth to this year's Champion of Champions (G1).

He Looks Hot is trained by Scott Willoughby. The homebred 8-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding will be shortening in distance off of his victory in the 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 14. During his world championship campaign, He Looks Hot earned $420,036 from 10 outs and won three graded stakes. 

He Looks Hot underwent three colic procedures during his lifetime, yet he’s always come back to race against top competition. Vinnie Bednar will ride He Looks Hot from the rail post in the second of three trials.

“He’s a tank,” said Bednar of He Looks Hot.

“He’s an exceptional horse,” added Willoughby. “He’s been through so much in his career.” 

Other prominent Winter Championship trial entries include champion Hotstepper. A 5-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding trained by Paul Jones for owner Monica Williams, Hotstepper has banked $1,416,316 from 20 starts, and he ended his 2019 season with a third-place finish in the Champion of Champions.

Hotstepper drew post 4 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez in the third heat.

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