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Snowbound Superstar posts another impressive win at 870

May 5, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tops Gold Rush trials

Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - Tom Brinkley’s Snowbound Superstar is now the owner of the two fastest 870-yard clockings of the meet after posting the top qualifying time of :44.24 to the $62,900 Gold Rush Derby to be held on Friday, May 26. Prior to his impressive trial win, which saw him beat El Primero Del Ano Derby finalist Shalimar Roger by eight lengths, Snowbound Superstar had captured his distance debut by nine lengths in a time of :44.44 back on March 23. “I never thought I would have a faster distance horse than Prankster CF but I think I do,” said trainer Paul Jones, as he compared Snowbound Superstar to his late great champion Prankster CF.

“I expected Snowbound Superstar to go fast but I was thinking he would run in a similar time to the one he posted in his first 870 win. He was calmer, more focus and more mature tonight. He’s going to keep getting better with experience.”

Ridden by Cody Jensen, Snowbound Superstar battled Lil Dumplin and Shalimar Roger for the lead before he took off just before the turn. Playtime was over at that point and the Washington-bred gelding by Snowbound and out of Shania Cash pulled away to victory while still looking like he was on cruise control. Snowbound Superstar paid $2.20 for the win. The $1 quinella paid $1.20, which shows you how highly the horseplayers regarded Snowbound Superstar.

Brinkley was on hand to watch his distance standout win at Los Alamitos and he was nothing but smiles after the race. “We think and hope that he’s going to be a champion. Cody never had to push him but I guarantee you we’ll let him run in December when we go after the Marathon National. We just got lucky and bought a nice baby. We have a 2-year-old filly that’s a full sister to Snowbound Superstar.”

Brinkley has now been involved with six Snowbound horses and he is enjoying each and every one of them. “I claimed a filly that was a full sister to (Snowbound Superstar) but we didn’t run her much because she got sore. I liked her so much that I wanted another one and that’s how we started out with the Snowbound horses. I bought one after that filly, then we got two more, including this guy, and I have two more 2-year-olds that will be racing here soon.”

The owner campaigned Snowbound Sapphire last year, a filly that won three races at Los Alamitos including the Bayer Legend California Challenge. He also raced Snowbound Sunshine, a finalist in last year’s La Primera Del Ano Derby and a full sister to Snowbound Superstar. Snowbound Sparkle, another full sister to Superstar, and Snowbound Lady Bug are the 2-year-olds that are on the way.

Breeder Robert Pulse of Yakima, Washington, owns Snowbound, an 11-year stallion by Meadowlake. Pulse also bred Snowbound Queen, who ran in the 870-yard John Deere Challenge won by Sterling Sport at Los Alamitos. “Robert Pulse has been in the breeding business for about 40 years - he knows what he’s doing,” Brinkley said. “He has some very nice mares but a lot of it is Snowbound. I think people are starting to notice this stallion. I know he’s fielding a few more calls about him.”

Corrie, Dax and Ronnie Brooks Keller’s I Like It Already was overshadowed by Snowbound Superstar but he also posted a nice victory in the other Gold Rush trial. Sired by the Thoroughbred In Excess, I Like It Already won by 3 1/2 lengths while covering the distance in :45.90. The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Snowbound Superstar (:44.24), Shalimar Roger (:45.79), I Like It Already (:45.90), Damiens Spectacular (:46.49), Dashin Baja (:46.55), Talk Bac Rm (:46.57), Bee Candys Girl (:47.09), Rollin To The Party (:47.12).