Thunder Snow (IRE)
TrainerSaeed bin Suroor
DamEastern Joy (GB)
If not for the fact he's one of the most accomplished race horses in history, Thunder Snow (IRE) might have always been remembered for his bucking bronco act right out of the starting gate in the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1). Fortunately, his misbehavior is just a small blemish on a stellar career as he was safely escorted off the track before the Derby field came around again and quickly turned his attention back to becoming a top Thoroughbred race horse. Today, Thunder Snow is among the early favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Classic as he attempts to better his third-place finish in the 2018 renewal. Now 5-years-old, the Godolphin homebred has captured Group 1 stakes in every season he’s raced and has won at the highest level on both dirt and turf, all while competing in races across the globe. Thunder Snow became the first horse to ever capture the rich Dubai World Cup twice – in 2018 and 2019 – which boosted him to third-place on the all-time leading money list with over $16.5 million in earnings to date. Away from the races since his victory in the World Cup March 30, Thunder Snow made his return in the United States, running a solid third in the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont June 8. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor shipped Thunder Snow back to England after the Met Mile, and plans are to return to the states to contest the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga August 3. “Thunder Snow ran a huge race and I’m happy with him,” Suroor said following the Met Mile. “He was up against some of the best American milers and will improve off the race.”
- September 17, 2019
Little change for Week #15 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie holds onto the top spot with 287 votes, and maintains a solid lead over two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner, Thunder Snow (IRE), who has 183 votes in second place.
- September 11, 2019
This is the fourth of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita.
- September 10, 2019
Coming off a very quiet week in the Classic Division, the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings remain virtually the same as the results from last week’s poll. Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie leads the Top Ten, with the next six positions staying intact from Sept. 3.