Thunder Snow A No-Go For Classic But May Seek Dubai Three-Peat

by | 09.19.2019 | 1:39pm
Thunder Snow (Helmet) trains for the Met Mile (Gr I) at Belmont Park 6/7/19. Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor. Owner: Godolphin

Two-time Dubai World Cup winner and last year's 3rd-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Thunder Snow, will not compete in this year's Classic, his trainer told ITV.

Saeed bin Suroor said that while the 5-year-old son of Helmet is getting some rest, if all goes well he'll be pointed for another campaign next season, starting at Meydan, where Thunder Snow has won the last two Dubai World Cups. There's also the new $20 million Saudi Cup that will take place a month prior, so owner Godolphin has options for placing him, and with more than $16.5 million in earnings to date, Thunder Snow could become the world's richest racehorse ever.

This year, after winning the World Cup, Thunder Snow ran third in the Met Mile, then was scratched the morning of the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3. He was running a fever.

In his career, Thunder Snow has won a third of his 24 starts and finished second or third 11 times.

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