The Snow Chief headlines Saturday's card at Santa Anita Park

May 24, 2015 01:39pm


Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita Park is the $200,000 Snow Chief for Golden State Eligible California or California sired three-year olds.  The mile and an eighth turf event will be the eighth race on the ten race card and features a field of eleven runners. The group is led by 5-2 morning line favorite Grazen Sky and co-second choices, Richard’s Boy and Zinvor. All three enter the event coming off wins over the grass in their last start.


The Steve Miyadi trained and Nick Alexander owned Grazen Sky has had an excellent to start to his racing career. The son of Grazen, out of a Sky Mesa mare has never finished worse than second in six lifetime starts.  The colt won his first stakes effort last month in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate where he defeated fellow Snow Chief entrants Pulmarack and Cardiac in a six-horse group at odds of 6-5.  It was his first try at a route of ground and over the lawn. He will not be that short of a price on Saturday, but is still in with a big shot.


Miyadi likes his colt's chances on what will be Grazen Sky’s first try over what is forecasted to be a fast turf course.  The course at Golden Gate was labeled “good” and according to Miyadi was unlike the one his runner will see over this weekend.  He stated, “There is a difference. It’s a little bit slower turf course up there.” Rafael Bejarano takes the mount again as Grazen Sky returns to “The Great Race Place” after the trip up north.


Richard’s Boy for Peter Miller and Rockingham Ranch is two for two over the lawn, but both at six and a half furlongs down the hill. He ran an impressive race earlier this month in the Desert Code Stakes where he came from off the pace to run down Diamond Majesty in the final strides. He will likely be on the lead on the stretch out and will need to prove he has the stamina to get the distance.


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Zinvor also will be stretching out, but has shown the ability to perform well at 8 furlongs. The John Sadler trainee was last seen defeating a 12-horse state bred allowance group on April 4th when he got a perfect trip and pulled away to win by two and one quarter lengths in the end. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winning jockey Victor Espinoza will ride the son of Tribal Rule. He will make his first effort against stakes company, but is a logical contender to be there in the end if Espinoza can work out another ground saving voyage.


The half brother to Tamarando, Pulmarack and Barry Abrams trained Cardiac will try to “turn the tables” on Grazen Sky after being defeated in Northern California, but both have their work out cut for the them on Saturday.  Book Thirty Four, Chief of Staff, Temple Keys, Neveradoubt, Rocko’s Wheel and Over Par round out the field.

 

 

 

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Scott has been a fan of handicapping and following thoroughbred racing since Garden State Park was rebuilt in Cherry Hill, NJ in 1985.  His first memories of the racetrack include the 1985 Jersey Derby won by Spend a Buck and the 1990 Met Mile clash between Easy Goer, Criminal Type and Housebuster, but it was not until his mid to late twenties that Scott became confident he had a knack for picking winners. He points to the summer of 2007 in San Diego while working on a masters degree in American History as the time where he took his handicapping, his communication skills, and his attention to detail to the next level.  It was at this time where he had his first real big score.   He had four of only five winning combinations in the now extinct “Place Pick All” on a $8 ticket netting himself $40,000. 

A few months after hitting a monster pick five at Santa Anita Park in February of 2013, Scott started his website, www.shapperdacapper.com showcasing his and other experts' selections, as well as analysis and commentary on North American racing. From there, he began writing a weekly column for www.danonymousracing.com called "Race of the Week" and soon thereafter started writing for Horse Racing Nation. Currently, he is Horse Racing Nation's Southern California Racing Correspondent and can be found most days at Santa Anita Park or Del Mar Race Course.

Scott loves playing in horse racing tournaments and constructing pick four and pick five tickets.  His favorite all-time horses are Captain Bodgit, A.P. Indy, Fly So Free and Charismatic. He has lived in multiple states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado before returning to Southern California in the middle of 2015 to start "Shapper Da California Capper." 

 

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