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Thunder Gulch

Thunder Gulch
Sire Gulch
Dam Line Of Thunder
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Damsire Storm Bird
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1992
Country USA
Color Chestnut
Breeder Peter M. Brant
Owner Michael Tabor
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas
Record 16: 9-2-2
Earnings $2,915,086
Thunder Gulch is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Line Of Thunder by Gulch. He was born around 1992 in USA, and was bred by Peter M. Brant.
Major wins

Remsen Stakes (1994)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (1995)
Florida Derby (1995)
Swaps Stakes (1995)
Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (1995)
Travers Stakes (1995)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1995)
Belmont Stakes (1995)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1995)
Leading sire in North America (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 4, 2007

Thunder Gulch (born 1992 in Kentucky) is a Champion American thoroughbred racehorse who left the starting gate at 25-1 odds in 1995 and went on to win the Kentucky Derby in 2:01.2 from post 16. He was ridden by jockey Gary Stevens. D. Wayne Lukas, his trainer, had three horses entered for the 121st "Run for the Roses".

Bred by Peter Brant and owned by Michael Tabor, Thunder Gulch was the son of Gulch out of Line Of Thunder. He had previously won the Remsen Stakes, Fountain of Youth Stakes, and the Florida Derby.

Following his win in Louisville, Thunder Gulch won the Belmont Stakes, the Travers Stakes, the Swaps Stakes, and the Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap. He showed in the Preakness Stakes, falling to stablemate Timber Country, who was also trained by Lukas, giving Lukas the Triple Crown as a trainer exclusively, sweeping the three races with two horses.

Thunder Gulch was retired in the fall of his 3 year old campaign after finishing fifth to the legendary Cigar in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. After the race, it was discovered that he had fractured his left front cannon bone. The chestnut stallion is standing at Ashford Stud, the American branch of the giant Irish breeder Coolmore Stud, near Versailles, Kentucky, for a fee of $30,000 live foal.

Among the many horses Thunder Gulch has sired are the graded stakes race winners Spain, Balance, Point Given, and Circular Quay. Point Given was 2001 3 year old Horse of the Year after winning the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes that year. Circular Quay was among trainer Todd Pletcher's many Kentucky Derby entries of 2007, but ran a disappointing sixth in that race and fifth in the Preakness.


The Irish pop singer Chris de Burgh wrote the song "The Ballad of Thunder Gulch" about the win in the Kentucky Derby. The song was released on single CD with a small edition of 1000 volumes. Sometimes this CD is offered on ebay and is sold for about 100 US-Dollars.


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