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Snowbound Superstar Scheduled to Run on Thursday Night


November 18, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Snowbound Superstar wins the $100K Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on November 3, 2007.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
The anticipated return of two-time distance champion Snowbound Superstar is here, as the Washington-bred gelding will make his first start in more than a year in Thursday’s $13,100 allowance feature at Los Alamitos. Scheduled as the seventh race on the card (approximate post time of 9:39 p.m. Pacific Time), the 870-yard test has attracted a solid field of distance runners that includes Prankster CF Handicap winner Tokay Flame, veteran stakes runner Shake The Dice, and the rapidly improving marathoner A Fortunate Son plus three other contenders.

All eyes, however, will be on the outstanding Snowbound Superstar and he returns to action for the first time since having knee surgery on March 22. He sustained the injury during a workout at Sunland Park earlier in the year. Cody Jensen will pilot the “Superstar” from post five.

In a surgical procedure that was performed at the Frontera Division of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery near Sunland Park, Dr. Emma Adams and Dr. Chris Ray removed a large chip and several small chips from his left knee. Snowbound Superstar spent some time recovering at Paul Jones’ training center in Tularosa, New Mexico before returning to Los Alamitos Race Course to begin preparations for his comeback. He posted a nice 660-yard drill on October 1 and on October 21 he worked 870 yards in an easy 47 seconds flat.

Racing for Tom and Brenda Brinkley of Hollister, California, Snowbound Superstar is undefeated in 10 starts at 870 yards. The gray marathoner has won every one of his distance starts by a two-length margin or more. He has won races by margins of 10, 9, 8, and 6 lengths. Among his seven stakes victories, the 5-year-old son of Snowbound won the Grade 1 Marathon Handicap in 2006 and last year’s Grade 1 Red Cell Distance Challenge at Los Alamitos. During his first of two championship campaigns in 2006, Snowbound Superstar also won the Gold Rush Derby, Sign Of Lanty Handicap and Pat Hyland Handicap. He only ran four times last year, including twice in Wyoming, which included a victory over the classy Runbyu by “only” two lengths.