Bitterroot Futurity, Derby Trials Set for Saturday

The trials highlight 13-race program at Sandy Downs.

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, pictured here in the winner's circle after a recent stakes victory at Los Alamitos, is entered in Saturday's 400-yard Bitterroot Derby trials at Sandy Downs. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Paint A Candy Storm, a sorrel daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Red Storm Cat racing for Denny and Sandy Weigt, is one of 77 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard Bitterroot Futurity (R) trials at Sandy Downs.

Trained by Monty Arrossa, Paint A Candy Storm ships in from California, where the filly was a finalist in the 300-yard, $428,000 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos on May 15. Paint A Candy Storm will be ridden by Tony Guymon from post 8 in the second of nine heats.

The Weigts acquired Paint A Candy Storm for $12,000 at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale at Oklahoma City, and they also will be represented in the Bitterroot trials by Bannister. A chestnut colt by Maknmoves trained by Arrossa and a $6,200 buy at the Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Bannister has won both of his outs, including the 300-yard, $69,000 Beehive Futurity (R) at Weber Downs in Ogden, Utah, on May 20.

Guymon will ride Bannister from post 2 in the third trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $70,000-added Bitterroot Futurity on June 25.

Sandy Downs' 13-race program will include four 400-yard Bitterroot Derby (R) trials, headed by Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds. A homebred gelded son of Zoomin For Bux trained by Arrossa, Zoomin For Spuds has won two of his three starts this season, both against stakes company at the 350-yard distance at Los Alamitos. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the Bitterroot Derby trials will meet in the June 25, $15,000-added final.

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