Leading 3-year-old colt Thunder Snow will run in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, America's most famous race, at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6.
The son of Helmet, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, will remain on dirt following two victories on the surface at Meydan, UAE, earlier this year including a last-gasp success in the G2 UAE Derby over an extended nine furlongs on Dubai World Cup Night, March 25.
He also stormed to an easy win in the mile G3 UAE 2000 Guineas on Feb. 11.
Thunder Snow was the top 2-year-old colt trained in Britain last year and ended a progressive turf campaign then with a dominant five-length victory in the G1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, France, in October.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Following discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, His Highness made the decision that Thunder Snow is to go for the Kentucky Derby.
“He is a big, strong colt, who is improving all of the time and acts on dirt, and we are looking forward to seeing him take on the best three-year-olds in America. The Kentucky Derby is a great race and one of the few major international contests Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin has yet to win. Thunder Snow is a colt of the highest class and I hope that he can step up in the Kentucky Derby.”
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