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June 14, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, CYPRESS, CA.... Nine-time AQHA Champion breeder Ed Allred purchased the red-hot Thoroughbred stallion Snowbound from owner Robert Pulse of Yakima, Washington on Monday, June 12.
Snowbound is expected to arrive in California in early July according to Allred's breeding manager Fred Scane. Snowbound is an 11-year-old gray son of Meadowlake and out of the Zulu Tom mare Gray Tab. He is a half brother to three Thoroughbred stakes winners and a winner of two of five starts and earnings of $56,520. Powerfully built - he is 17 hands tall and weights 1,550 pounds - Snowbound is the sire of 870-yard graded stakes winner Snowbound Superstar and 2004 MBNA America Challenge Championship finalist Stars Snowbound. Snowbound also sired 2005 Ford California Challenge winner Snowbound Sapphire and the 2-year-olds Snowbound Angel and Snowbound Lady Bug, who recently broke their maidens at Los Alamitos.
"Fred and I have been talking about this stallion since last year," Allred said. "I have been impressed with what Snowbound has accomplished so far considering that he has not been exposed to a lot of Quarter Horse mares. We called Bob (Pulse) and it turns out that half of the rest of the world was also interested in Snowbound. Bob wanted us to have him.
"Bob is a great long time breeder of Quarter Horses," Allred continued. "He bred the great mare Finely Tuned and several other outstanding Quarter Horses. Bob has a great track record as a breeder and I have a great deal of respect for him as a horseman. He likes Snowbound a great deal and I trust his opinion.
"He's an outcross to everything out there and hopefully he'll be the one," Allred added. "The Thoroughbred Truly Truckle was a popular Quarter Horse sire in the 1970s - his best known son is probably (1973 World Champion) Truckle Feature - and like Snowbound, Truly Truckle was 17 hands."
Snowbound was originally purchased by Bob and Beverly Lewis and was trained by D. Wayne Lukas. His career was cut short after chipping a knee when racing against Indian Charlie and Old Trieste in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita in 1998.
"I bought Snowbound as a stallion prospect for $42,000 at the 1999 Barretts Sale," said Robert Pulse, who has since sold the stallion to nine-time AQHA Champion breeder Ed Allred. "This horse had tremendous speed. Every time this horse raced he went the opening quarter in :21 flat. He's a big horse with tremendous speed for his size. When he chipped his knee he was ahead of Indian Charlie (in the San Felipe). He had great, great speed.
"He's going to a good home and he'll have a chance to prove himself in California," Pulse said. "That's the main reason I sold him to Ed Allred. We've taken him as far as we could with our band of mares (in Washington) and I want Snowbound to have a chance to prove himself. I know that Dr. Allred will give him the opportunity. With the exposure that he'll have in California, I believe he'll be one of the best Thoroughbred sires of Quarter Horses ever.
"Anybody that sees this horse will not leave the ranch without wanting to breed a mare to him - that's how impressive of a specimen he is," Pulse added. "A lot of people have looked at him here and not one person has ever said anything negative about him. He has a great disposition and as good a head on him as you'll ever see."
Snowbound's sire, Meadowlake, was undefeated in three starts and earned $308,580 in his career, including the Arlington Washington Futurity. Meadowlake, who died last year, sired earners of over $41 million. His progeny earned $4 million or more every year from 1999 to 2002. His daughters also made him a leading broodmare sire of 2003. Meadowlake's first crop included Meadow Star, who won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and was named champion 2-year-old filly in 1990
Snowbound's dam is Gray Tab, a winner of seven races and $92,460. She is the dam of stakes winners Speed World (winner of the Grade 3 Keisei Hai), Going Gray (winner of $259,875) and Excuse Me (winner of over $150,000 including the Mt. Rainier Stakes).

Prior to Snowbound and Snowbound Superstar, Bob Pulse was best known at Los Alamitos for having bred the outstanding Finely Tuned. A daughter of the Thoroughbred Meritable, Finely Tuned won 21 races in her career while earning $283,399. Her stakes wins included the Grade 1 Peninsula Championship and she was a three-time winner of the Miss Princess Handicap. She set a then 350-yard track record of :17.35 after one of the her Miss Princess victories. Finely Tuned also won the Charger Bar Handicap twice and the St. Nicholas Express Handicap once. She was also a track record holder in Montana. "I've had a few nice ones," said Pulse. "All of my (horses) come from an old 1950s mare named Starbright. In fact, Snowbound Superstar's dam (Shania Cash) is a sister of Finely Tuned.
"I think Stars Snowbound is one of Snowbound's best babies," Pulse added. "She won six races in a row and was the favorite in the 2004 MBNA America Challenge Championship. She was the only female and the only 3-year-old in that field and yet she was the morning line favorite. She had never raced at night so that threw her off. She was running second for most of the race before a couple of horses passed her at the end. She ran everywhere - always against older competition. By the end of the year she was named the South Southwest champion 3-year-old filly."