12/15/2014 8:47AM

He Looks Hot denies Heza Dasha Fire a lucrative bonus in Two Million Futurity


CYPRESS, Calif. – He Looks Hot, owned and bred by track chairman Ed Allred, scored an upset win in Sunday’s $2,078,775 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity over 400 yards.

Heza Dasha Fire, the 1-2 favorite, could only finish fourth, beaten one length. Heza Dasha Fire won the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June and the Golden State Million Futurity on Nov. 2 and was eligible for a $1 million bonus with a win in the Two Million.

Heza Dasha Fire was fourth throughout the Two Million and could not keep pace with He Looks Hot in the final 200 yards.

“He didn’t fire,” trainer Jose Antonio Flores said.

He Looks Hot ($18.40) ran the race of his career in the Two Million. Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Scott Willoughby, He Looks Hot was away well and held an early lead over Corona the Cat. Midway through the race, He Looks Hot led by three-quarters of a length, a margin that diminished slightly when runner-up Bf Farm Boss got within a half-length at the finish.

Bf Farm Boss, the winner of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders’ Futurity in October, finished a half-length in front of Jess Walking Thru, the runner-up in the Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park in October.

Heza Dasha Fire was followed in the order of finish by Corona the Cat, Apollitical Blood, Forget It, Bogart, Treasured Dreams, and Bodacious Eagle.

Allred, the nation’s leading Quarter Horse breeder, bred He Looks Hot at his farm in Atascadero, Calif. He Looks Hot has won 3 of 8 starts and earned $890,970.

He Looks Hot was third in the Governor’s Cup Futurity at Los Alamitos in July in his only other stakes appearance. A gelding, He Looks Hot won a division of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials on Nov. 23, giving Willoughby confidence for Sunday’s race.

“I thought if he ran back to the way he did in the trials, he’d have a good shot,” he said. “When he broke and had a clear path, I knew he’d be tough. He’s got a big finish.”