Thunder Gulch

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Thunder Gulch
Sire Gulch
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Line Of Thunder
Damsire Storm Bird
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1992
Country USA
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Peter M. Brant
Owner Michael Tabor
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas
Record 16: 9-2-2
Earnings $2,915,086[1]
Major wins

Remsen Stakes (1994)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1995)
Florida Derby (1995)
Swaps Stakes (1995)
Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (1995)
Travers Stakes (1995)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1995)
Belmont Stakes (1995)
Awards
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1995)
Leading sire in North America (2001)
Last updated on February 4, 2007

Thunder Gulch (foaled March 23, 1992 in Kentucky) is a Champion American thoroughbred racehorse best known for his wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes in 1995, which earned him the title of U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt.

Background[edit]

Bred by Peter Brant and owned by Michael Tabor, Thunder Gulch was a son of Gulch out of Line Of Thunder.

Racing career[edit]

Thunder Gulch won the Remsen Stakes as a two-year-old in 1994. In the spring of 1995, he won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Florida Derby.

At Churchill Downs, he left the starting gate at 25-1 odds in 1995 and won the Kentucky Derby in 2:01.2 from post 16.[2] He was ridden by jockey Gary Stevens. D. Wayne Lukas, his trainer, entered three horses for the 121st "Run for the Roses".

Following his win in Louisville, Thunder Gulch finished third to his stablemate Timber Country in the Preakness Stakes. In the Belmont Stakes, Thunder Gulch was made 3/2 favourite after Timber Country was withdrawn from the race with a fever. He won by two lengths from Star Standard, giving his trainer a fifth consecutive win in the Triple Crown races.[3] Thunder Gulch also won in the Travers Stakes, in which he overcame a bad start to record a four and a half length victory over Pyramid Peak.[4] Other victories in 1995 included the Swaps Stakes, and the Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap.

Thunder Gulch was retired in the fall of his three-year-old campaign after finishing fifth to American Horse of the Year Cigar in a "much-anticipated showdown"[5] for the Jockey Club Gold Cup.[6] After the race, it was discovered that he had fractured his left front cannon bone.[7]

Stud record[edit]

As of 2012, the chestnut stallion is standing at Ashford Stud, the American branch of the giant Irish breeder Coolmore Stud, near Versailles, Kentucky, for a fee of $10,000 live foal.[8]

Among the many horses Thunder Gulch has sired are the graded stakes race winners Spain, Balance, Point Given, and Circular Quay. Point Given was 2001 3 year old Horse of the Year after winning the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes that year. Circular Quay was among trainer Todd Pletcher's many Kentucky Derby entries of 2007, but ran a disappointing sixth in that race and fifth in the Preakness.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thunder Gulch Horse Pedigree". Pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  2. ^ "HORSE RACING; A Sweet 16". New York Times. 1995-05-07. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  3. ^ Ed Schuyler Jr (1995-06-11). "Lucas Thunder Gulch proves to be the right tonic". Southeast Missourian. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Thunder Gulch takes Travers". The Vindicator. 1995-08-20. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  5. ^ John Nelson (1995-10-05). "Lukas to send Thunder Gulch against Cigar". Sunday Gazette. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Cigar beats Thunder Gulch". Ocala Star-Banner. 1995-10-08. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Thunder Gulch fractures leg". Boca Raton News. 1995-10-09. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Thunder Gulch, stalllion directory, horse breeding". Thoroughbredtimes.com. 2011-03-13. Retrieved 2011-12-29.