A perfect 6-for-6 on the Santa Anita turf, trainer Jeff Mullins' River Boyne looms a total standout in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes, which has attracted a field of six older horses at one mile on turf.
A head winner of the Grade 2 Mathis Brother Mile here on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old Irish-bred colt made the lead in deep stretch only to be collared late by highly regarded eastern shipper Raging Bull two starts back in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Dec. 1 — a race in which River Boyne was beaten by a half length.
A gem of consistency for his connections in 11 stateside starts, River Boyne has won seven races under Mullins’ care, three of them graded stakes. With three wins and a second from four tries at a mile on turf, it would appear conditions are to order for River Boyne, who will again be handled by leading man Flavien Prat. With an overall race record stands of 14: 7-3-1, River Boyne is by far the leading money earner in the field with $691,718.
THUNDER ROAD STAKES
Race 7 of 11 (approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT)
1. River Boyne—Flavien Prat—124
2. Ohio—Ruben Fuentes—120
3. Le Ken—Tyler Baze—120
4. Desert Stone—Joel Rosario—120
5. True Valour—Andrea Atzeni—120
6. Blackjackcat—Mike Smith--120