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Thunder Snow (IRE)

  • Trainer
    Saeed bin Suroor
  • Owner
    Godolphin
  • Breeder
    Darley
  • Sire
    Helmet (AUS)
  • Dam
    Eastern 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.”

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
4
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

Runhappy Metropolitan H.
June 08, 2019
BELMONT PARK
Grade 1
Finish 3
Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline
March 30, 2019
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 1
Finish 1
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline
March 09, 2019
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 1
Finish 2
Breeders' Cup Classic
November 03, 2018
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 1
Finish 3
Jockey Club Gold Cup S.
September 29, 2018
BELMONT PARK
Grade 1
Finish 2
Juddmonte International S.
August 22, 2018
YORK
Grade 1
Finish 8
Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline
March 31, 2018
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 1
Finish 1
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline
March 10, 2018
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 1
Finish 2
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored By Gulf News
February 08, 2018
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 2
Finish 1
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 Presented By Longines Gents Master Collection
January 11, 2018
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 2
Finish 2
QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II S.
October 21, 2017
ASCOT
Grade 1
Finish 15
Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois
August 13, 2017
DEAUVILLE
Grade 1
Finish 3
Prix Jean Prat
July 09, 2017
CHANTILLY
Grade 1
Finish 1
St. James's Palace S.
June 20, 2017
ASCOT
Grade 1
Finish 3
Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas
May 27, 2017
CURRAGH
Grade 1
Finish 2
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands
May 06, 2017
CHURCHILL DOWNS
Grade 1
Finish 20
UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group
March 25, 2017
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 2
Finish 1
U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas Sponsored By District One Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City
February 11, 2017
MEYDAN RACECOURSE
Grade 3
Finish 1
Criterium International
October 30, 2016
SAINT CLOUD
Grade 1
Finish 1
Dubai Dewhurst S.
October 08, 2016
NEWMARKET
Grade 1
Finish 4
At The Races Champagne S.
September 10, 2016
DONCASTER
Grade 2
Finish 2
Qatar Vintage S.
July 26, 2016
GOODWOOD
Grade 2
Finish 2
Coventry S.
June 14, 2016
ASCOT
Grade 2
Finish 6
British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (Class 4) (Plus 10 Race) (Div I)
May 31, 2016
LEICESTER
Grade
Finish 1

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