11/09/2006 12:00AM

Snow heads to California


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer John Snow is pleased with how his year at Hastings has gone and he's looking forward to spending the winter in northern California. Snow, who won 14 races from 100 starts, arrived at Golden Gate on Monday with 11 horses and plans to ship a couple more there this weekend.

"I have some fresh horses that are just coming around and a few that I would like to try on turf," he said. "Besides the horses coming down from Hastings, I also have a few coming up from Southern California. I think I have a good mix of horses, and hopefully we can win a few races."

One of the horses leaving for Golden Gate this weekend is the

3-year-old filly Miss Me Not, who came from well back to win an allowance by 2 3/4 lengths last weekend. She's as honest as they come. Miss Me Not won the CTHS Sales Stakes last year and the only time she missed picking up a check in 16 career starts was in her debut.

Miss Me Not finished within three lengths of the winner in the Grade 3 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks and also when she faced older horses in the Grade 3 Ballerina BC two starts ago. She was bought for $9,500 out of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling and mixed sale in 2004 and has earned $158,357.

Snow said he thinks she will take to the turf. Her dam, Crony Hill, was bred in Argentina, where she placed in a Group 1 stakes.

"She's pretty well-bred," said Snow. "I know the owners have turned down a few decent offers for her and they plan to breed her to In Excess when she's finished racing. She doesn't have any speed but she has a good finishing kick and that could serve her well on turf."

Snow is also looking forward to running Southern Miracle.

"He's a 2-year-old by Sweetsouthernsaint," said Snow. "He bucked his shins, we turned him out, brought him back, and he bucked again. He's doing great right now and he seems to have a lot of talent. He could be any kind."

This will be the second time Snow has taken horses to northern California. Snow, an avid golfer, was there in 2001, but according to him it was more of a vacation than anything else.

"I just had a couple of horses and I played a lot of golf," he said. "We're more serious this time but I'm sure I'll be able to fit a few rounds in."

Snow still has a few horses in training at Hastings. His wife, Tammy, will be in charge of the horses stabled at Hastings for the remainder of the season, which ends Nov. 26.

Slewpast due for vacation

Slewpast is a relatively fresh horse with just six starts this year and will be a short price when she runs in the eighth race Saturday. Nonetheless, according to her trainer Robbie Anderson, this will be the last start of the season for her.

Slewpast, a five-time stakes winner in 2005, had her 2006 season interrupted when she started tying up after she finished fourth to Monashee in the Strawberry Morn Stakes on June 10.

"I have no idea why she started tying up," said Anderson. "The vets can't figure it out either. We'll give her the winter off and hopefully we'll be able to make it through a whole racing season next year. She did the same thing last year and we were forced to miss the Oaks and Ballerina with her."

Slewpast ran one of the best races in her career when she finished second to Gins Majesty in the Grade 3 Ballerina BC on Oct. 14.

"I would have liked to have gotten one more race into her before the Ballerina," said Anderson. "I'm not saying she would have won, but she only had one sprint and then a race at a mile going into it. The racing gods were kind of against us."

Alvarado okay after gate mishap

Leading jockey Pedro Alvarado is expected to resume riding this weekend. He injured his calf in the starting gate last Saturday and was taken to the hospital for X-rays, which turned up negative. He was bruised pretty badly, and took himself off his mounts Sunday. He was getting back on horses this week.

Alvarado could have taken off the rest of the year and still won the riding title. He has won 102 races at the meet, 18 more than runner-up Mario Gutierrez.