In the Lamplighter, Carlos Marquez Jr. gave Thunder Brew a
winning ride all the way as he tracked the pace to the turn, circled five-wide
as they straightened into the stretch, collared the leaders at the eighth pole,
and then drew off through the final furlong.
The winner, a Florida-bred colt by Milwaukee Brew trained by Anthony Pecoraro,
raced the mile and a sixteenth over a firm turf course in a swift 1:40 2/5 and
paid $9.20, $4 and $4.20 as third choice in the field of seven.
Thunder Brew scored by a length and a quarter over Fantastico Roberto, who paid
$4 to place and $4 to show and completed the $34.80 exacta. Houngun was
three-quarters of a length farther back and returned $9 to show. Lethal
Combination, the $2.70-1 favorite, finished fourth.
“We were last early,” Marquez said. “He pulled me up early, and I just let him
do what he wanted rather than fight him. He was going so easily all the way.
When I asked him, he took off.”
This was the third win of the year in five starts for Thunder Brew, who races
for the Roman Hill Farm.