Walter's Robador wins Snow Chief $250k at Hollywood Park
Mrs. Barbara Walter's homebred Robador made a strong move from twelve lengths off the lead and got up to win in the closing strides of the $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief for 3-year-olds by a half-length at Hollywood Park Sunday, April 24. The 1 1/8 mile race was the showcase event of the $1.3 million Gold Rush for California-breds.
Trained by Eoin Harty for owner/breeder Robert H. Walter Family Trust, the bay son of Robannier had finished second in his last two starts and entered the race as a maiden while being sent off at odds of 23-1. Mrs. Walter was on hand at Hollywood Park to witness her colt's victory, who impressed both owner and trainer.
"He finally displayed the talent we always believed was there," said Harty. "I believe he is a very talented colt with a bright future."
Robador paid $48.60 to win, and increased his earnings to $221,646.00.
"He's just been progressing with every race," Harty said. "He's really improving. He was doing well coming into this race. I figured just the distance of the race would rule out quite a few of these horses, and I figured if we could get the trip, he'd be right there in the end to pick up the pieces."
With Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, Robador's winning time was 1:49.2. He came from ninth after a half-mile. Valdivia Jr. said, "We changed his style a little bit, letting him see what he can pick up from behind. Well, he started picking up steam and the other horses started coming back to me. He galloped out real good, so hopefully, this will be the start of good things for him."