Report: Pacific Classic could be next on Thunder Snow's docket

June 25, 2019 02:13pm

After cutting back to a mile June 8 to face a star-studded field at Belmont Park, Thunder Snow's trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, figures to stretch the 5-year-old back out for his next start.

Connections are considering both Saratoga’s Whitney Stakes on Aug. 3 and, newly according to At the Races, Del Mar’s Aug. 17 Pacific Classic.

Both races are Grade 1 events that carry $1 million purses and “Win and You’re In” tickets to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Whitney goes 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, with the Pacific Classic scheduled a furlong further at 1 1/4 miles.

Last out, Thunder Snow ran third only to Grade 1 champions Mitole and McKinzie at a mile in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on Belmont Stakes day.

“He ran a good race last time – but the trip was too short, and he needs further,” bin Suroor said. “There were very good milers there, and he ran a huge race. I’m happy with him, and he is doing well.”

John Sadler-trained Gift Box figures to lead the Pacific Classic's local contingent, while Rodolphe Brisset mentioned Quip, second in Churchill Downs' Stephen Foster (G2), could ship to California for Del Mar's summer meet feature.

After either the Whitney or Pacific, bin Suroor said Thunder Snow will move on to Belmont’s Sept. 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), another Breeders’ Cup Classic division “Win and You’re In.”

Then he’ll get ready for the Breeders’ Cup, with the Classic scheduled for Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Thunder Snow finished third to Accelerate and Gunnevera in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

The Irish-bred Godolphin runner Thunder Snow has eight victories over his 24 starts and has earned a whopping $16,511,476 in his career. His last victory came when becoming the first two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner on March 30 at Meydan Racecourse.


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