Zoomin For Spuds, BH LIsas Boy Headline Winter Championship Trials

This year's Winter Championship honors the memory of the late Brad McKinzie.

Q-Racing Journal

Jim Walker's Zoomin For Spuds, shown here winning the 2016 Champion of Champions, will make his 5-year-old debut in Sunday's Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Champion Zoomin For Spuds and multiple Grade 1 winner BH Lisas Boy are among the 17 aged runners entered in Sunday's 400-yard Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trials.

A homebred son of Zoomin For Bux owned by Jim Walker, Zoomin For Spuds will be making his 5-year-old season debut from post 7 in the first of two heats. Zoomin For Spuds has won nine of 25 starts, including the 2016 Champion of Champions (G1), and he was that season's champion 3-year-old gelding. All nine off his lifetime wins have come from 17 outs at Los Alamitos.

Zoomin For Spuds will be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Monty Arrossa.

BH Lisas Boy is a homebred 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Bill Hoburg of Kennewick, Washington. BH Lisas Boy is coming off of a 2017 campaign during which he banked $198,870 from seven races, and his six wins included the 400-yard, $151,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) in February, and the 400-yard, $163,000 Vessels Maturity (G1) in July.

BH Lisas Boy drew post 9 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba in the first heat.

The first trial will also mark the return of Fawna Knight's Worth Doing, a 4-year-old son of Walk Thru Fire trained by Mark Skeen. Worth Doing has won six of nine starts and has earned $1,179,101, but he has not had an official out since December 11, 2016, when the gelding scored a neck victory in the 400-yard, $1,950,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).

Worth Doing drew post 5 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the February 11, $157,250 Los Alamitos Winter Championship final. The winner of the final will earn a berth in this year's Champion of Champions. This year's Winter Championship has been renamed to honor Brad McKinzie, the longtime Los Alamitos Racecourse executive who died last year.

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