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 OAKOwner: Robert Jones, Michael Nentwig & Ray PaganoTrainer: Jonathan WongAttentive 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.LIEUTENANT DANOwner: Nick AlexanderTrainer: Steve MiyadiHead 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.IRISH HEATWAVEOwner: Calumet FarmTrainer: Keith DesormeauxUltra-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. PTOur Silver Oak–Mike Smith–120Oliver–Martin Garcia–120Prodigal Son–Mario Gutierrez–120Irish Heatwave–Kent Desormeaux–124Carnivorous–Abel Cedillo–120Appreciated–Aaron Gryder–120Desmond Doss–Joe Talamo–120Mobou–Victor Espinoza–120Lieutenant Dan–Geovanni Franco–120First 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.
Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED REVEALED Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in summer 2017 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK 2 three-way race The United boss remains on the lookout for a new centre-half, and Calciomercato say Skriniar of Inter has risen to the top of his shortlist.The 23-year-old Slovakia international is highly-rated and has already been the subject of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including United’s local rivals Manchester City. 2 IN DEMAND targets LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to offer almost £60million for Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to reports.Mourinho, the Portuguese, failed in his attempts to bring a new central defender to Old Trafford over the summer, despite plotting moves for the likes of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, the Leicester and England star. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Skriniar is rated as one of the finest defenders in Italy’s Serie A moving on According to the report, ‘Mourinho is clearly losing strength in the eyes of the Man United leadership’, and the club’s chiefs have no plan to build the future around the Portuguese coach.They do not want to give Mourinho transfer funds when he’s unlikely to be at the club on a long-term basis, and this, according to Calciomercato, has ruled out any chance of United making a huge offer for Skriniar in January. However, United are named in the report as being the most ‘formidable’ team coming in for Skriniar, in terms of a potential offer.Mourinho is ready to offer around £58million (€65m) for the former Sampdoria star, though he may face opposition for Skriniar – from his own club.