New York-bred gelding (b. 2010)
by First Samurai-Holy Love
Career (2013): 1-1-0-0, $7,274
Scrapmetal King’s racing career was full of promise and so is his new vocation. Purchased at the Mid-Atlantic Sale of 2012, his name came from a Nelson family business and owner Heidi Neslon was the first of many to bond with the horse.
“He was great from the start,” said Nelson. “He’d squeal and buck and play in his stall. He’s loved every job he’s been asked to do, always been a very happy horse. Kind animal, too, just fantastic to be around.”
A son of First Samurai, he quickly got the nickname “Sammy,” and it’s stuck.
His first and only race on the track came last June in a maiden three-year-old sprint. Trainer Blaine Wright used jockey Ronald Richard on several morning workouts and named Richard to ride in the career debut.
“He worked really well and I knew he had the speed to get the lead,” said Richard. “We got the lead and it was all over early. He’s fast.”
He was taken out of training after the victory and needed some time off. Nelson didn’t want to see him race at less than his best.
Trainer Monique Snowden spends her off seasons breaking yearlings, tending to her own event horses and retraining Thoroughbreds for resale. Snowden saw Sammy last fall at Griffin Place and she too was smitten by his charm.
“He’s super friendly and gorgeous, that beautiful copper-chestnut color,” said Snowden. “He came right up to me wanting love and attention.”
Nelson and Snowden worked together to find him a permanent home. Snowden advertised him on Facebook and the first person to contact her became the new owner. Lifelong horse person Salina Cheatham – yes, she too, fell in love with Scrapmetal King.
“I’m always looking at the horses for sale, but kept coming back to Sammy’s page,” said Cheatham. “Monique showed me videos and he looked and moved well. When I met him he grabbed my jacket looking for treats and we became fast friends.”
For this year, Cheatham has training for barrel racing and trail riding on his schedule and entry in local horse shows. She already has no doubts he’ll be ready to compete at a high level next year.