Winter Championship Headlines Los Alamitos Sunday Card

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Ed Allred's He Looks Hot heads a field of 10 aged runners in Sunday's Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Ed Allred's He Looks Hot, a homebred 6-year-old son of Walk Thru Fire, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 400-yard, $157,250 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Trained by Scott Willoughby, He Looks Hot made his season debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the second of two trials on January 21. The gelding earned $108,754 from nine outs last season, and his resume included a head victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1) on July 29.

"The horse is fit and ready to go," said Willoughby. "He came out of his trial great. His foot is doing well. He'd been dealing with an abscess (before the trials), but he's over it. Foot problems are foot problems, but he's looking good right now."

Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Racecourse, renamed the track's Winter Championship to honor McKinzie, who died last August. McKinzie was hired by Allred to oversee several major projects at the track, including overseeing expansion to host Southern California daytime Thoroughbred racing.

McKinzie's mother, Jean, and his brother Mark will be on hand on Sunday to present the trophy to the winning connections.

He Looks Hot drew post 10 and will be ridden by Cesar Gomez.

"He runs well from any spot on the racetrack, but he likes the outside and has done well from there in the past,” Willoughby said.

Other contenders include BH Lisas Boy, a homebred 6-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding owned and trained by Bill Hoburg. BH Lisas Boy will be looking to defend his half-length win in last year's Winter Championship.

BH Lisas Boy went on the veterinarian's list after he bled after his trial. Because the racing surface at Los Alamitos was undergoing renovation last weekend, Hoburg worked the gelding at Santa Anita Park on February 5, and BH Lisas Boy drilled 220 yards in :11.60.

“Being raised in the Northwest we do a lot of hauling and racing,” Hoburg said. “BH Lisas Boy has been hauled to Boise, Portland, Denver, Dallas, you name it. He’s used to hauling. I have to give a lot of credit to Scott Craigmyle, the track stall superintendent at Los Alamitos for helping me set up the workout at Santa Anita.

"They were telling me that the last Quarter Horse to work at Santa Anita was Griswold for his big match race over 25 years ago," he added. 

BH Lisas Boy drew post 2 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
LD Is Back (Eduardo Nicasio), 5-1
BH Lisas Boy (Cesar DeAlba), 9-2
Zoomin For Spuds (Jesus Rios Ayala), 4-1
Air Force Won (G. Jairo Rangel), 30-1
Kissed By An Eagle (Ramon Sanchez), 8-1
Worth Doing (Cruz Mendez), 10-1
Seared (Eulices Gomez), 20-1
Da One Two Special (Jose M. Nicasio), 15-1
Jess Hawk (Rodrigo Arvizu), 30-1
He Looks Hot (Cesar Gomez), 8-5

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