Thunder Gulch Wins!

THUNDER GULCH, away in good order, was reserved while within easy striking distance until near the end of the backstretch, made a run four wide approaching the stretch and, after putting TALKIN MAN away with a furlong remaining, was kept to pressure to increase his advantage. TEJANO RUN, unhurried while outrun early, rallied between horses racing into the far turn, came out to continue his bid approaching the stretch and continued on with good energy to gain the place. TIMBER COUNTRY, outrun into the backstretch, dropped back after moving up along the inside at the far turn, came out looking for room through the upper stretch and finished gamely while angling in between horses. JUMRON brushed with AFTERNOON DEELITES early, raced five wide while advancing nearing the stretch but failed to sustain his bid in a long drive. MECKE, outrun to the far turn, moved up inside horses around the far turn and into the stretch and continued on with good energy. ELTISH, in close after the start, rallied from between horses nearing the stretch, came out for the drive but hung under pressure. KNOCKADOON, bumped after breaking slowly, raced between horses to the stretch and failed to seriously menace after angling inside for the drive. AFTERNOON DEELITES appeared to try and savage JUMRON after brushing with that rival near the eight-pole the first time, reached an easy striking position outside horses at the first turn, continued five wide while between horses to the stretch and weakened during the drive. CITADEED, close up early, made a run between horses approaching the far turn but tired through the drive. IN CHARACTER, in close after the start, angled out approaching the stretch but failed to reach serious contention. SUAVE PROSPECT saved ground to the backstretch, angled out seven wide after going a half, continued very wide while remaining within striking distance for a mile and gave way. TALKIN MAN, close up early while saving ground, caught SERENA'S SONG from the inside leaving the far turn, held on well to midstretch and tired. DAZZLING FALLS bumped KNOCKADOON after the start, saved ground into the backstretch, then passed tired horses after angling out very wide for the drive. SKI CAPTAIN, off slowly, was never close. JAMBALAYA JAZZ always outrun, was checked between horses on the far turn. SERENA'S SONG, away alertly, was pressed while showing speed in the three path to the backstretch, held on well for a mile while continuing out from the rail and tired badly. PYRAMID PEAK saved ground for six furlongs and had nothing left. LAKE GEORGE, in close after the start, moved up six wide down the backstretch but was finished before reaching the stretch. WILD SYN showed good early foot along the inside, came out between horses when unable to stay with SERENA'S SONG around the first turn, race forwardly to the turn, stopped suddenly and was eased.

Trainer

D. Wayne Lukas

Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, and 43rd Derby starter in 2009.  A four-time Eclipse Award winner (1985-87 and 1994), Lukas is the all-time leading money winner and the first to reach the $200 million plateau. Lukas has trained a record of 24 Thoroughbred champions and three Eclipse Awards Horse of the Year winners. He's tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories, 13. Beginning in 1994 Lukas won a record six consecutive Triple Crown races.  // Full Bio...

Jockey

Gary Stevens

Gary Stevens is an Eclipse Award winning jockey with wins in 8 Triple Crown races including 3 Kentucky Derbies. Gary is originally from Idaho where he grew up in a horse racing family. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, Gary has won nearly every major race around the world including 8 Breeders Cup races and the Dubai World Cup. He starred in the Academy Award nominated film Seabiscuit playing the role of George Woolf in 2003. In 2005 he retired from racing and became a broadcast racing analyst for NBC. He recently returned to the saddle and back to his familiar spot in the winner's circle. Some of the top horses Gary has ridden include, Winning Colors, Thunder Gulch, Silver Charm, Point Given, Silverbulletday, Victory Gallop and Da Hoss. // Full Bio...

Owner

Michael Tabor

Michael Tabor is an owner and breeder from London, England.  His partnership with Coolmore and Ashford stud has produced numerous champions in North America and Europe. Tabor owned Thunder Gulch who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes as well as the Travers Stakes. He is one of four men to own both a Kentucky Derby and Epsom Derby winner.  His horses have won the Breeders' Cup Turf, the Epsom Derby, l'Arc de Triomphe, and the Irish Derby. Notable horses include: Giant's Causeway, Hurricane Run, Montjeu, Galileo, High Chaparrel, and Camelot. // Full Bio...

Breeder

Peter Brant

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1975-2000

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As president, Lynn Stone headed the efforts that ended two separate takeover attempts by Brownell Combs II of Spendthrift Farm and Irwin L. Jacobs, respectively in 1984. In August 1984, Stone resigned, following huge financial losses that resulted from two years of failed summer racing. Stone was replaced by acting President Thomas H. Meeker, a former general counsel to Churchill Downs while with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. In September 1984, Meeker was named permanently to the position.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
1 Thunder Gulch Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor Peter Brant
2 Tejano Run Jerry Bailey Kenny McPeek Roy K. Monroe Runnymede Farm
3 Timber Country Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Gainesway Farm, R. & B. Lewis & Overbrook Farm Lowquest Ltd.
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Kentucky Derby 121 Race Recap

THUNDER GULCH, away in good order, was reserved while within easy striking distance until near the end of the backstretch, made a run four wide approaching the stretch and, after putting TALKIN MAN away with a furlong remaining, was kept to pressure to increase his advantage. TEJANO RUN, unhurried while outrun early, rallied between horses racing into the far turn, came out to continue his bid approaching the stretch and continued on with good energy to gain the place. TIMBER COUNTRY, outrun into the backstretch, dropped back after moving up along the inside at the far turn, came out looking for room through the upper stretch and finished gamely while angling in between horses. JUMRON brushed with AFTERNOON DEELITES early, raced five wide while advancing nearing the stretch but failed to sustain his bid in a long drive. MECKE, outrun to the far turn, moved up inside horses around the far turn and into the stretch and continued on with good energy. ELTISH, in close after the start, rallied from between horses nearing the stretch, came out for the drive but hung under pressure. KNOCKADOON, bumped after breaking slowly, raced between horses to the stretch and failed to seriously menace after angling inside for the drive. AFTERNOON DEELITES appeared to try and savage JUMRON after brushing with that rival near the eight-pole the first time, reached an easy striking position outside horses at the first turn, continued five wide while between horses to the stretch and weakened during the drive. CITADEED, close up early, made a run between horses approaching the far turn but tired through the drive. IN CHARACTER, in close after the start, angled out approaching the stretch but failed to reach serious contention. SUAVE PROSPECT saved ground to the backstretch, angled out seven wide after going a half, continued very wide while remaining within striking distance for a mile and gave way. TALKIN MAN, close up early while saving ground, caught SERENA'S SONG from the inside leaving the far turn, held on well to midstretch and tired. DAZZLING FALLS bumped KNOCKADOON after the start, saved ground into the backstretch, then passed tired horses after angling out very wide for the drive. SKI CAPTAIN, off slowly, was never close. JAMBALAYA JAZZ always outrun, was checked between horses on the far turn. SERENA'S SONG, away alertly, was pressed while showing speed in the three path to the backstretch, held on well for a mile while continuing out from the rail and tired badly. PYRAMID PEAK saved ground for six furlongs and had nothing left. LAKE GEORGE, in close after the start, moved up six wide down the backstretch but was finished before reaching the stretch. WILD SYN showed good early foot along the inside, came out between horses when unable to stay with SERENA'S SONG around the first turn, race forwardly to the turn, stopped suddenly and was eased.