Godolphin’s Thunder Snow takes part in a race.
Two-time Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow has been confirmed to start in the Whitney Handicap (G1) on Saturday, Aug.3, at Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs, New York, US.
The Whitney is the most prestigious summer race for dirt horses, 3-year-olds and upward, in America and carries a purse of $1 million.
Owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, Dubai’s most beloved equine star will make his second consecutive run in the US following a good third behind Mitole and McKinzie in the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on June 8—his first run following a hard-fought victory in the Dubai World Cup over American classic-placed Gronkowski.
“He is doing great,” Suroor said. “He had a very nice work, his last piece of work, over the gallops at Newmarket this week and I’m happy with him. He’s in good form and improved from his last race at Belmont. He’s sound, happy and healthy and that is what you want.”
Including his victories in the $10 million Dubai World Cup of 2018 and $12 million edition this year, he has won or placed in 12 Grade/Group 1 races from 1400m (seven furlongs) to 2000m (1¼ miles) and in five countries—France, Ireland, UAE, UK and US—but has yet to win in America in his three completed races, including a second and two thirds.
In Dubai, the charismatic winner of eight of 24 lifetime has never finished worse than second in eight appearances over the last three seasons. In addition to his aforementioned famous victories, he conquered the $2 million UAE Derby (G2) of 2017—the first of three consecutive Dubai World Cup night wins—as well as the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) over subsequent Grade 1 winner Bee Jersey. He also placed in the last two editions of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1) on the Dubai World Cup Carnival’s Super Saturday card.
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