Zoomin For Spuds Returns in Los Alamitos Winter Championship Trials

Sunday's trials have drawn 17 aged sprinters.

Q-Racing Journal

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds is the morning-line favorite in the first of two Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials on Sunday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, a homebred 4-year-old son of Zoomin For Bux and last year's champion sophomore gelding, is one of 17 aged sprinters entered in Sunday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the February 12 final, and the winner will earn a berth in this year's Champion of Champions (G1).

Trained by Monty Arrossa, Zoomin For Spuds will be making his first start since December 10, when the gelding scored a head victory at odds of 10-1 to win the 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions. Zoomin For Spuds will bring a four-race win streak into Sunday's trials and is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two heats.

Jesus Rios Ayala will ride Zoomin For Spuds, whose eight opponents in the first heat include S-Quarter K Racing's Ima Fearless Hero. A homebred 4-year-old gelding by Valiant Hero, Ima Fearless Hero is trained by Jose Flores and was the sport's champion 2-year-old gelding in 2015.

Bill C. Hoburg's Bh Lisas Boy, a homebred 5-year-old son of Mighty Invictus trained by John Cooper, is the 6-5 morning-line choice in the second trial. The gelding has earned $253,578 from 20 outs, and he will be making his first start since October 29, when he ran second, a head behind winner AJs High, in the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1).

Bh Lisas Boy drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba.

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