Stakes placed twice before, Michael Zynda’s Foo Who earned her first stakes victory after holding off the stakes placed runners Bring Me Home and Skinny Jeans in the $25,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Juan Aleman, the 4-year-old Foose mare used her usual quick breaking ability to establish an early lead in the 350-yard dash. Foo Who took a neck advantage 100 yards into the race and she made the lead hold up against the talented Bring Me Home. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Foo Who covered the distance in :17.742.
In her previous three stakes appearance, Foo Who was second in the Tustin Handicap last summer and third in the Autumn Handicap as a 2-year-old in 2014. Foo Who, also a finalist to the $205,000 La Primera Del Ano Derby last year, has been game her entire career. From 11 career starts, the Kim and Lila Kessinger-bred runner has won four races and finished second in four other starts. She’s hit the board a total of nine times in those 11 outings with earnings of $45,494. Foo Who earned $13,750 for her wire-to-wire victory in the Denim N Diamonds.
A graduate of Texas Christian University, Zynda is a horse racing fanatic. He worked in the features department at TVG and also worked in the Los Alamitos Race Course publicity department. He directed and produced the 2012 documentary In A Race Against Time and the 2015 documentary short Fire And Ice. Zynda’s family have campaigned horses over the years in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and more.
Trained by Angela Aquino for Marta Winslow, Bring Me Home earned $5,625 for finishing second. Bring Me Home is now a six-time stakes place runner. In addition to the Denim N Diamonds, Bring Me Home also ran second in the Stanton, Miss Princess, and Irvine handicaps here in 2015. She also ran third to champion Quirky in the California Breeders Matron Stakes last year.
Nancy Scane’s Skinny Jeans, winner of the Luva Secret Handicap last year, was a head back of Bring Me Home to finish third in the Denim N Diamonds. Blabber, The Perfect Love, Mrs Pickens, A Goddess Thru Fire, and Chowchilla Dreamin completed the field.