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ARCADIA, CA – A recent winner of 2 consecutive stakes at Golden Gate Fields, the Peter Miller-trained None Above the Law returns to Santa Anita on Saturday as he heads a field of nine California-bred sophomores going a mile and 1/8 on turf in the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes.
The Snow Chief, named for the 1986 Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner who was also crowned Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male, is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series is for eligible California-bred or sired horses.
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A gelding by Karakontie out of the Northern Afleet mare Legally Blanca, None Above the Law, who was well beaten by talented The Chosen Vron 3 starts back in the 6 1/2-furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here on April 3, rallied for an impressive 2 3/4-length win in the Cal-bred Silky Sullivan Stakes April 25 at Golden Gate, which was contested at 1 mile on synthetic Tapeta.
The 9/5 favorite versus open competition in the 1-mile turf Alcatraz Stakes May 23, None Above the Law rallied for a 1 1/2-length score. Owned by Downstream Racing, LLC, None Above the Law, who has an overall mark of 10-4-1-1, seeks his third consecutive stakes win and will be ridden by runaway leading man Flavien Prat.
None Above the Law’s primary opposition would appear to come from Doug O’Neill’s Found My Ball, who just missed as the favorite in a 1-mile allowance and the Brian Koriner-trained Ferrariano, who defeated Found My Ball at odds of 25/1.
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Owned and bred in California by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, Found My Ball, a chestnut colt by Square Eddie, rallied from off the pace to finish second, beaten a neck by Ferrariano as the 2/1 favorite in a 1-mile turf first condition allowance versus statebreds on May 14. Well-beaten at 11/1 2 starts back in the Echo Eddie, Found My Ball seems very well suited on turf and rates a big shot under regular rider Mario Gutierrez.
Although dismissed at 25/1 as a maiden versus winners on May 14, Ferrariano had run a couple of close thirds in 2 prior maiden turf sprints and will be out to prove his allowance score was no fluke. Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, look for Ferrariano to press the early issue as he stretches out a furlong under regular rider Abel Cedillo.
Owned by Rusty Brown, Jr., Alan Klein, and Philip Lebherz, Ferrariano is a chestnut colt by the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Mshawish, out of the English Channel mare Athina Lee. In what will be his fifth start, Ferrariano will be making his first stakes start.
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