Trained by Kevin Ryan for owner Noel O'Callaghan, the juvenile son of Thunder
Gulch prevailed by two lengths from Olympic Dream.
Circular Quay -- So far, the son of Thunder
Gulch is the best hope for Pletcher, the Peyton Manning of thoroughbred trainers, still trying to win the big one.
Michael Dods was delighted to see Newcastle overcome the elements as he notched a near 33-1 double with aptly-named Son Of Thunder
and Rotuma yesterday, writes RAY GILPIN.
Course and distance scorer Son Of Thunder
has been found another low grade opening.
A Boanerges, a Son of Thunder
, for the power and efficacy God gave unto his Ministry; and a Barnabas, a Son of Consolation too: As the Thunder shaketh the Pillars of the Earth, overthroweth the Rocky Mountains, causeth the wilde and savage Beasts to fear; and as the Lightning powerfully insinuates itself, breaking the bones, but not the flesh: So was it the pleasure of the Lord to bring down by his Ministry, the high and stout hearts of many rebellious ones, and to lead them in subjection to his will, through Christ; To throw down, and to build up by him even as high as Heaven.
The second text, the Revelation of the Miracle of Mary according to John Son of Thunder
(Ra'eya Ta'ammer), consists of four tracts which were meant to be read during church services before the prescribed reading from the collection of the Miracles of Mary (Ta'ammera Maryam).
And Circular Quay, bred in the name of Doreen Tabor, is a special candidate for both owner and trainer as a son of Thunder
Gulch and Circle Of Life.
The consistent son of Thunder
Gulch could be the heaviest favorite since Arazi was bet below even-money and finished eighth in 1992.
Later, Martinelli, a son of Thunder
Gulch, will be expected to make a winning start to his career in the Irish Fax and Communications 2-Y-0 Maiden event.
Although Baffert's Point Given is a deserving odds-on favorite in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby based on his early accomplishments, it's not hard to see how the giant son of Thunder
Gulch might join the list of superior 3-year-olds tripped up by the 1 1/8-mile race.
Michael Tabor's Circular Quay is a son of Thunder
Gulch who took a Grade 3 at Churchill Downs, while Scat Daddy is a Johannesburg colt who scored in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes earlier at the Saratoga meeting.
Despite being allowed the run of the race, Hugs Destiny was picked off easily enough by Son Of Thunder
, who'd been waited with far enough off the pace.
Culhane completed the treble when Son Of Thunder
justified 11-4 favouritism in the nine-furlong handicap and Unlimited took the closing five-furlong handicap.
Besides the two main protagonists, third favourite is the Sal Russo-trained Reverberate, a son of Thunder
Gulch who ducked the first two legs of the Triple Crown but is likely to be suited by the more stamina-based test - in US terms - of the Belmont.
Michael Dods may have been busy on his combine at home, but his summer harvest on the racecourse continued apace when he sent out a 59-1 double with Son Of Thunder
and Bettys Pride to take his score for the season to 21, just two short of his best total.