OUR SILVER OAK, LIEUTENANT DAN & IRISH HEATWAVE MEET AGAIN AS THEY HEAD A FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORES IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF
RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2019)–Separated by just a head when last them met, Our Silver Oak, Lieutenant Dan and Irish Heatwave head a field of nine sophomores going a mile and one eighth on turf in Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita.
Named for the Melvin Stute-conditioned winner of the 1986 Santa Anita Derby and Preakness Stakes, Snow Chief, a California-bred son of Reflected Glory who would be named Eclipse Champion 3-year-old for 1986, Snow Chief also defeated 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand the following winter in the Grade I Strub Stakes at a mile and one quarter.
The Snow Chief Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA and is restricted to California-bred or sired horses.
With Our Silver Oak, Lieutenant Dan and Irish Heatwave all exiting the Silky Sullivan Stakes, for state-breds at one mile on turf April 28 at Golden Gate Fields, they will no doubt be head and head in the Snow Chief wagering on Saturday.
OUR SILVER OAK
Owner: Robert Jones, Michael Nentwig & Ray Pagano
Trainer: Jonathan Wong
Attentive to the pace in the Silky Sullivan, this Unusual Heat gelding may’ve been unlucky to lose, as he got shuffled back around the far turn and had five lengths to make up turning for home. In a desperate finish, he was flying on the outside and finished second by a nose to Irish Heatwave, with Lieutenant Dan another nose back in third. With the addition of Mike Smith and another furlong, Our Silver Oak should be extremely tough on Saturday. Based at Golden Gate, Our Silver Oak was bred in California by current CHRB Commissioner Madeline Auerbach and is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Strawberry Flash.
Owner: Nick Alexander
Trainer: Steve Miyadi
Head and head with Irish Heatwave the length of the Silky Sullivan stretch, this homebred gelding by Grazen just missed, finishing third by the official margin of a head. In what will be his second try at two turns on grass, he retains the services of Geovanni Franco and will be bidding for his second state-bred stakes win. Out of Alexander’s Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, Lieutenant Dan was an impressive 2 ¼ length winner on dirt of the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes two starts back here on April 6.
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Ultra-game in winning the Silky Sullivan by a nose after pressing and making the pace throughout, Irish Heatwave, a bay colt by Unusual Heat, out of the Broken Vow mare Irish Winnie, will undoubtedly vie for favoritism as he makes his third consecutive start going a route of ground on turf. Ridden by Irving Orozco and off at 5-2 in the Silky Sullivan, he’ll be handled by Keith Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother Kent on Saturday.
THE $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Our Silver Oak–Mike Smith–120
- Oliver–Martin Garcia–120
- Prodigal Son–Mario Gutierrez–120
- Irish Heatwave–Kent Desormeaux–124
- Carnivorous–Abel Cedillo–120
- Appreciated–Aaron Gryder–120
- Desmond Doss–Joe Talamo–120
- Mobou–Victor Espinoza–120
- Lieutenant Dan–Geovanni Franco–120
First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.