Champion Zoomin For Spuds Wins Allowance Dash at Los Alamitos

The 2016 champion 3-year-old gelding gets his first victory of the season on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Trainer Monty Arrossa (left) poses with Zoomin For Spuds in Los Alamitos' winner's circle following the 4-year-old gelding's victory in a 350-yard allowance race on Saturday. Zoomin For Spuds was last year's champion 3-year-old gelding.

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred son of Zoomin For Bux and last year's champion 3-year-old gelding, scored a nose victory in a $12,300 allowance dash at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

Ridden by Cody Jensen ffor trainer Monty Arrossa, Zoomin For Spuds covered 350 yards in :17.654 while posting his first win in five outs this season. The 4-year-old gelding is expected to make his next start in the Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trials on November 19. Saturday's victory marked his first win since December 10, 2016, when he won the Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions (G1).

"The horse had been in training for quite some time,” Arrossa said. “He was a little dull in his last two outs (before the break). He was telling us and we just hadn’t listened closely. He just needed a little time to get his mind clear.

"The horse is sound; he really doesn’t have anything bothering him," Arrossa added. "We decided it would be good for his mind, and it was. He put some weight on and came back. In his first school here he worked :12.30 (on October 14). It was an okay work. He needed the race tonight.”

Zoomin For Spuds earned his berth to the Champion of Champions last year after winning a division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trial. Raced in Idaho, New Mexico and California, the gelding has won nine of 23 outs and has banked $453,198, of which $352,581 was pocketed during his championship season.  

“We’ll be going to the Z. Wayne Griffin and hopefully we’ll get back to the Champion of Champions,” Arrossa said. “It worked last year and we’re hoping the same route works for us this year.”

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