04/20/2010 11:00PM

Snowbound Superstar is retired


Snowbound Superstar, who won 15 consecutive races from 2006 until last September and was widely considered one of the finest 870-yard horses in Quarter Horse history, was retired earlier this month.

Trainer Paul Jones said the decision to retire Snowbound Superstar was made for multiple reasons.

He s 7 years old, Jones said. He s been through two knee surgeries, and he s not the horse he used to be. Rather than see him go down the ranks, we decided to retire him. He s such a great horse. He s not going to be as competitive.

Owned by breeders Tom and Brenda Brinkley of Hollister, Calif., Snowbound Superstar won 16 of 22 starts and $283,280. At 870 yards, he won 16 of 18 starts, 10 stakes at Los Alamitos, Remington Park, and Wyoming Downs, and was named champion distance horse in 2006 and 2007. Griswold (1991-93) and Sign of Lanty (2000-02) are the only three-time winners of that award.

I believe he s the best 870 horse ever, Jones said of Snowbound Superstar. When he was in his prime, nothing could beat him. I think he s every bit as good as Griswold.

By the Thoroughbred stallion Snowbound and out of the Quarter Horse mare Shania Cash, Snowbound Superstar lost his first three starts on the straightaway at Los Alamitos at 2 and 3 in the winter of 2005-06. Switched to longer races in the spring of 2006, he began his winning streak, which was not always easy for Jones to maintain.

The streak included six wins in 2006, four in 2007, just two in 2008, and three races last year. The streak ended when Snowbound Superstar finished second to Gone to the Mountain in the Challenge Distance Championship at Los Alamitos last October.

Snowbound Superstar made three subsequent starts, winning once, an allowance race over 870 yards at Remington Park on March 13. He was retired following a third-place finish in the Pauls Valley Handicap at Remington Park on April 4.

At times, Jones had to ship Snowbound Superstar to tracks such as Wyoming Downs to find competition after some stakes at Los Alamitos were canceled because of insufficient entries.

I was really shut out quite a bit, Jones said. He was so dominant. I ve never seen a horse so dominant that no one wanted to run against him.

Jones said that Snowbound Superstar will be retired to the Brinkley property in Hollister.