Thunder Snow (IRE)
TrainerSaeed bin Suroor
DamEastern Joy (GB)
The bad boy of racing in 2017 has grown into a leading candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2018.
Thunder Snow, who has done a majority of his running overseas, is best known to American racing fans as the horse who refused to run in the 2017 Kentucky Derby. He came out of the starting gate that day bucking and was quickly pulled up, looking more like a rodeo horse than the well-credentialed Grade 1 winner he truly was.
Owned by one of the biggest powerhouses in all of racing, Godolphin, LLC., Thunder Snow showed promise from the very start when he won his career debut in May of 2016 and ended his juvenile season by winning the prestigious Criterium International at Saint Cloud racetrack in France. He earned his way in the Kentucky Derby by winning the UAE Derby at Meydan in Dubai.
Since his misfortune in the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Snow has continued to prove he belongs among the sport’s elite, finishing among the top three in all, but one of his most recent nine starts. He had his coming out party when he defeated the world’s best horses in the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 5 ¾ lengths March 31. He has not started since that race, but is expected to make one start in the United States before he returns to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 4, looking to prove his antics are behind him.
|October 30, 2016||Criterium International||SAINT CLOUD||1||1|
|October 08, 2016||Dubai Dewhurst S.||NEWMARKET||1||4|
|September 10, 2016||At The Races Champagne S.||DONCASTER||2||2|
|July 26, 2016||Qatar Vintage S.||GOODWOOD||2||2|
|June 14, 2016||Coventry S.||ASCOT||2||6|
|May 31, 2016||British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (Class 4) (Plus 10 Race) (Div I)||LEICESTER||1|
- July 16, 2019
Game Winner Rises into Top 10, While Stablemate McKinzie Maintains Lead in Latest Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings
Gary and Mary West’s 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner rose to No. 8 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings following his commanding five-length victory in Saturday’s Los Alamitos Derby (G3).
- July 9, 2019
Suburban Winner Preservationist Zooms to No. 3 in Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings; McKinzie Stays on Top
Centennial Farms’ 6-year-old Preservationist (247 votes) , runaway winner of Saturday’s Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, has jumped to No. 3 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (247 votes) retains the No. 1 position, followed by Godolphin’s 5-year-old two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Thunder Snow (212 votes) in second place.
- July 2, 2019
For the fourth consecutive week, Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (258 votes) has been voted the top horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.