Thunder made some noise at Saratoga Race Course when he scored by 1 ¾-lengths
in his debut, a 1 1/16th-mile event over the Mellon Turf Course on
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
With the victory J. B. Thunder joins the New York Watch, which profiles
up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park,
His page is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/jbsthunder.html.
Unchallenged for the early lead, J. B.’s Thunder was kept under a
snug hold by Shaun Bridgmohan as he carved out fractions and 49.93 and 1:14.31
while receiving mild pressure from Bonaroo. After Bridgomohan shook the reins
at the top of the stretch, J. B.’s Thunder opened to a three length
advantage and was never threatened as Santiva reduced the final margin to 1 ¾
“He’s a sharp horse – he’s good in the gate and
is very intelligent,” said winning trainer Al Stall, Jr. “He had
done everything right to this point, and I thought he’d lay close. I told
Shaun, ‘Take what they give you on the front end. He took the lead
comfortably because a couple of horses took back. But if someone had gone to
the lead, he would have been able to rate off of them. On the first turn I felt very good. His
ears were flicking back and forth on the backside, and he was able to
J. B.’s Thunder trained on dirt at Churchill Downs and at Saratoga earlier in the
summer before Stall elected to try the son of Thunder Gulch on the Oklahoma
Turf Course on August 11. After working four furlongs around dogs in 48.90,
handily, Stall decided to keep the bay colt on the grass.
“As we started to train him long, he looked like a horse
we’d like to try in a seven-furlong race, or possibly on the turf. We had
a good foundation on him from the summer in Kentucky. We didn’t have any major
plan for him as we just wanted to give him one race to set him up for the fall.”
Stall, who purchased J. B.’s Thunder for $42,000 at the Keeneland
September Yearling Sale, believes he has found a bargain.
“We were sitting and waiting to pay more money for him,”
said stall. “That price doesn’t look like much, but I think
he’s worth more than that.”
Out of the stakes-winning and Grade 2-placed mare Rebridled Dreams, J.
B.’s Thunder is a half-brother to Doncaster Rover, a sprinter who has won
a listed stakes in England
and placed in two Group 3 events.