February 12-14 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes action.

Q-Racing Journal

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds gets his picture taken after his victory in Friday's Costa Mesa Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of February 12-14. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories posted in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Los Alamitos
Jim Walker’s Zoomin For Spuds, last year’s Idaho Horse of the Year and PCQHRA Intermountain Horse of the Year, earned his second stakes win in Friday’s 350-yard, $15,000 Costa Mesa Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Bret Vickery, Zoomin For Spuds stopped the timer in :17.755 while defeating Coach Carter by one length. The $8,250 winner’s share of the Costa Mesa purse pushed his bankroll to $72,562 from 11 outs.

Zoomin For Spuds was coming off of a second-place finish to Senor Gianni in a Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) trial on January 23. During his 2-year-old campaign, the homebred Zoomin For Bux gelding won his first two races at this track, including the 350-yard, $126,150 Wild West Futurity in October.

“His owner is really pleased with how this horse has performed so far,” said Vickery. “We might give him one more start and after that he might be due for a break.”

When it is time for some rest and relaxation, Zoomin For Spuds could be sent to Vickery’s ranch in St. George, Utah.

“He’s done so well at Los Alamitos that he’ll probably just come right back here,” Vickery added. “We could bring him back and point him to the Bank of America Racing Challenge series. The Challenge finals will be held here later this year so we might just do that.”

Vickery himself has been logging a lot of miles on the road over that past 14 months.

“I got back to Los Alamitos this morning from Utah,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of driving back and forth, but I’m fortunate to have a great assistant in Mike Monson here at Los Alamitos. We’re busy at the ranch right now. We have 30 babies that we’re getting ready for this season. Some will be headed here to run in the Kindergarten Futurity and Ed Burke Futurity trials. Some will go to Ruidoso Downs, and the ones that do well at Ruidoso will probably come to Los Alamitos later in the year.

“We have a baby by One Dashing Eagle out of AB What A Runner that is looking really good,” Vickery added. “We also have a 3-year-old filly by Apollitical Jess that only raced once last year because she had to have throat surgery. She’s also out of AB What A Runner and I’m really looking forward to seeing her run this year.”

Trixsey Sue finished third in the Costa Mesa and was followed by Boylike, Leave Town, Blowinsmoke, and For Pee Jay.

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