Thunder Snow (IRE)

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

Lifetime Stats

2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

June 08, 2019Runhappy Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK13
March 30, 2019Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE11
March 09, 2019Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE12
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup ClassicCHURCHILL DOWNS13
September 29, 2018Jockey Club Gold Cup S.BELMONT PARK12
August 22, 2018Juddmonte International S.YORK18
March 31, 2018Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE11
March 10, 2018Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE12
February 08, 2018Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored By Gulf NewsMEYDAN RACECOURSE21
January 11, 2018Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 Presented By Longines Gents Master CollectionMEYDAN RACECOURSE22
October 21, 2017QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II S.ASCOT115
August 13, 2017Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le MaroisDEAUVILLE13
July 09, 2017Prix Jean PratCHANTILLY11
June 20, 2017St. James's Palace S.ASCOT13
May 27, 2017Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand GuineasCURRAGH12
May 06, 2017Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! BrandsCHURCHILL DOWNS120
March 25, 2017UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah GroupMEYDAN RACECOURSE21
February 11, 2017U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas Sponsored By District One Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum CityMEYDAN RACECOURSE31
October 30, 2016Criterium InternationalSAINT CLOUD11
October 08, 2016Dubai Dewhurst S.NEWMARKET14
September 10, 2016At The Races Champagne S.DONCASTER22
July 26, 2016Qatar Vintage S.GOODWOOD22
June 14, 2016Coventry S.ASCOT26
May 31, 2016British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (Class 4) (Plus 10 Race) (Div I)LEICESTER 1

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