Zoomin For Spuds, He Looks Hot Win Winter Championship Trials

Due to an electrical malfunction, the complete field for the $157,200 final will be determined at a later date.

Q-Racing Journal

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds (red cap) opened his 6-year-old season with a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the first of two Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds and Ed Allred's He Looks Hot each scored half-length victories in their Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trials on Sunday.

Due to a malfunction of the electronic timer and photo finish in the second trial, won by He Looks Hot, the complete field for the $157,200 final will be determined at a later date. The stewards and Los Alamitos racing office will meet with representatives of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association on Tuesday at the earliest to decide the finalists.

Trained by Monty Arrossa and ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, Zoomin For Spuds defeated champion Tarzanito by a half of a length while covering 400 yards in :19.581. The homebred 6-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux was winning for the 13th time in 36 starts and pushing his earnings to $713,966.

"He’s pretty incredible, and he’s all heart,” Arrossa said. “When he breaks like that, his heart gets big and he’s tough to outrun. A few years ago we had issues with his feet. His feet have been great over the past year and he continues to bounce back from each race really well.”

The complete order of finish in the first trial: Zoomin For Spuds, Tarzanito, LD Is Back, Chance To Fire, Eyes The Favorite, Jesstacartel, Apollitical Stone, Jess Ravin and Clondike. 

He Looks Hot was ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby. The homebred 7-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding has won 10 of 29 starts and has banked $1,202,419.

“This horse has a heart as big as a truck,” Willoughby said. “He’s been through so much and keeps coming back. He’s an amazing horse.”

The complete order of finish in the second heat: He Looks Hot, Da One Two Special, Katies Easy Moves, Yanque, My Favorite Check, BH Lisas Boy, Royaltys Authority, Corona Jumpin Mrl and Firey Colt.

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