River Boyne Tops Wide Open Field Of 10 In Grade 3 Thunder Road

by | 02.05.2020 | 5:55pm
River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap, Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

A winner of six of 11 starts over the Santa Anita lawn, Irish-bred River Boyne rates top billing among a wide-open field of 10 older horses in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes at one mile on turf.

Others who merit serious consideration are Majestic Eagle, who comes off a sharp third place finish in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 4, and True Valour, last year's Thunder Road winner, who also won a Grade II turf stakes here three starts back on Oct. 5.


Owner:  Red Baron's Barn, LLC
Trainer:  Jeff Mullins
Most recently third, beaten three lengths by G1 winner Ohio in the one mile turf Cotton Fitzsimmons Stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 11, this 5-year-old full horse ran a huge third, beaten a half length, two starts back in the G2 Seabiscuit Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 30.  Although he's winless in eight starts since taking the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile here on Dec. 26, 2018, he's been close in seven of those races and will get the first time services of Abel Cedillo on Saturday as he seeks his third graded stakes victory with Mullins.


Owner:  John Lindley & Ray Morton
Trainer:  Neil Drysdale
A close second early, this 5-year-old full horse by Medaglia d'Oro took a narrow advantage turning for home and ended up third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths going a mile and one eighth on turf in the G2 San Gabriel Jan. 4 and he should appreciate the cutback in distance to one mile.  A winner of the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes five starts back here on June 23, Majestic Eagle rates a big chance with talented Umberto Rispoli aboard for the first time on Saturday.


Owner:  Simon Callaghan
Trainer:  Simon Callaghan

A winner of the G3 City of Hope Mile over the course three starts back on Oct. 5, this 5-year-old Irish-bred bobbled at the break and was subsequently eighth, beaten four lengths in his most recent start, the G2 5 ½ furlong turf Joe Hernandez Stakes on Jan. 1. Off at 5-2 in the 10-horse Hernandez, True Valour, who won last year's Thunder Road four starts back, will be reunited with jockey Andrea Atzeni and rates a huge chance with clear sailing on Saturday.


Race 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT

  1. Ronald R—Drayden Van Dyke—124
  2. The Hunted—Geovanni Franco–122
  3. Majestic Eagle—Umberto Rispoli—122
  4. True Valour—Andrea Atzeni—124
  5. Mugaritz—Mike Smith—124
  6. River Boyne—Abel Cedillo—122
  7. Frontier Market—Flavien Prat—122
  8. Camino Del Paraiso—Tiago Pereira—122
  9. Take the One O One—Brice Blanc—120
  10. Kingly—Mario Gutierrez–122
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