Thunder Gulch

Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Set For April 9, 2019

Keeneland officials announced that the 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held Tuesday, April 9. The Preview Day, which will offer breezes over both the main dirt track and turf course, will be held Monday, April 8. “Keeneland looks forward to the return of the April Sale, and we anticipate we will see several 2018 […]

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Champion Racehorse And Sire Thunder Gulch Euthanized At 26

Champion 3-year-old and champion sire Thunder Gulch has been euthanized at the age of 26 due to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Known for his toughness and fighting qualities Thunder Gulch was the star of the 1995 Triple Crown races when he won the G1 Kentucky Derby, […]

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Mshawish Retired To Taylor Made With Soft-Tissue Injury

Multiple Grade 1 winner Mshawish has been retired from racing due to a minor soft tissue injury that was discovered Friday morning at Belmont Park. After conferring with veterinarian Duncan Moir, it was determined by the team of owner Al Shaqab Racing that it was in the best interest of Mshawish for him to be […]

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Creative Solutions: Derby History Scattered With Custom Shoes And Hoof Treatments

From Triple Crown winners Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015, coping with foot problems sometimes has been a key factor in who won the Kentucky Derby. Sir Barton was notorious for his soft, shelly feet. The chestnut son of Star Shoot tended to throw a shoe each time he ran, having finished […]

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Champion, Classic Winner Timber Country Dies At 24

Champion Timber Country, who captured the 1995 G1 Preakness Stakes, died earlier this week at Lex Stud in Japan. He was 24. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas for the partnership of Graham Beck, Robert and Beverly Lewis, and W.T. Young, Timber Country won four of seven starts as a 2-year-old in 1994. The son of […]

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American Pharoah ‘Very Easily’ Settles Into Retirement At Coolmore

American Pharoah has settled into his retirement “very easily” at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, stallion manager Richard Barry told The Chronicle of the Horse. His routine is nearly the same every day, with an early breakfast, a bit of exercise and then some turnout, after which he is groomed and shown off to his fans on […]

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Mshawish Handles Dirt In Game Hal’s Hope Victory

A Grade I winner on the Turf and recently fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Tepin, Mshawish proved he can transfer that form to the dirt on Saturday in the Grade III Hal’s Hope Stakes. The $150,000 one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park was the first step on Mshawish’s 2016 campaign toward another start in […]

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Rees: ‘There’s 80 – Then There’s D. Wayne Lukas’

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas celebrated another milestone Wednesday – he turned 80. However, as Jennie Rees writes in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Hall of Fame trainer may be 80, but he still has the energy and work ethic of someone half his age. “The record-setting trainer turned 80 Wednesday and the only thing surprising is […]

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Living Up To Hype: How Have Derby Winners Done In The Breeding Shed?

The lucrative stud deal for Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah made national headlines earlier this week. But how often do Derby winners transmute their racing brilliance into breeding shed success? Consider this: the last Derby winner to lead the national general sire list was Thunder Gulch in 2001, when his son Point Given […]

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Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Why would a trainer risk winning racing’s most cherished prize, the Triple Crown, by running an extremely talented horse like […]

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