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Billionaire Thunder Snow seeks to earn the respect of Americans in Met Mile

Billionaire Thunder Snow seeks to earn the respect of Americans in Met Mile
In 23 career starts and four seasons of racing, the Thunder Snow trained by Saeed bin Suroor has managed to compile an impressive summary.

He won a Group 1 each season, placed in another seven, won at the highest level both in the territory and on land and competed in five countries, while he won Group 1 in four of them and defeated a total of 15 winners of the G1 in those matters.

Thunder Snow made history when the first winner of the UAE Derby won the Dubai World Cup and then became the best horse since its inception in 1996 to win the world's richest race twice, which led to third place in the global money list of all time.

However, it seems that no matter how many dollars earn more than $ 16 million so far, the servants at Godolphin's home are from Helmet have not yet earned the true respect of the American public. While he is popular, which he did not hesitate to start when he was wildly and I was stopped shortly after the start of the Kentucky Derby 2017, I still have to win in two subsequent attempts in the United States. These efforts were second in the Gold Cup of the Jockey Club Grade 1 and in a third in the Classic of the Breeders Cup of Grade 1, both in 1¼ miles last fall.

He will have another opportunity at the elite level when he cuts a mile in Grade 1, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap of $ 1.2 million, a race in which, despite his impressive past performances, he established himself as 5-1. Fourth option on the line in the morning.

"It came in good condition [on Sunday]," Bin Suroor reported. "Everything is going well and the horse is well, he is ready to race, this is a good place to start, there are no other races to start in the United States and he will have an American campaign, I can win, he has won in seven stadiums and a mile earlier in Group 1 in France and on the ground in Meydan. "

Those triumphs included the Criterium International of Group 1 of seven stages during its season of 2 years and the Prix of Group 1 Jean Prat and the Group 3 EAU 2000 Guineas along one mile in the following season, the latter in a mile of Land in which Solidly defeated the winner of 2018 Met Mile Bee Jersey.

Since the elimination of the quarantine on Tuesday, I impressed the spectators, galloping strongly and insinuating that he could have arrived well since his final Meydan triumph.

"He had his last job on Friday before going to the United States, which was his main job," said bin Suroor. "That was very, very good and he's ready to go." Kieren [Fallon] was with him and he was also quite happy with him, he's his main work pilot. "

Having a champion rider six times retired as our main work driver seems to have paid dividends since Thunder Snow has changed smoothly in his two starts this year, something he had not done so consistently in the past and will definitely need when he confronts them. America's best older horses. Christophe Soumillon, who must reduce the high weight of 124 pounds [the lowest that the Thunder Snow has had in 17 races], will join his favorite team for the 18th time on Saturday.

The favorite of the Met Mile morning line is McKinzie trained by Bob Baffert (5-2), who finished well behind Thunder Snow when he placed 12th in the Classic last fall but has stood out remarkably when cuts distances of approximately one mile, including a great victory. in the Alysheba Grade 1 1/16 miles last out.

The scenario is remarkably similar to that of 2002, when Congaree, 4 years old and trained by Baffert, achieved a great victory in the Lone Star Park handicap of 1 1/16 miles of Grade 3 and started as favorite 6-5 in 2-1 street Cry, making his first start since his victory at the Dubai World Cup for bin Suroor, in Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

While on a two-inning and nine-stadia trip, Street Cry would win by a dominant of 6½ lengths under Jerry Bailey. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why bin Suroor is not affected by the harsh field and circumstances that his versatile champion must face.

"He needs to run and he will have a US campaign," bin Suroor continued. "It will run on Saturday and then in Saratoga before the Jockey Club Gold Cup, again, and finally in the Breeders' Cup Classic in Santa Anita.

"I have always been a very hard horse mentally and physically," he concluded. "Nothing bothers him and at this moment I know he feels very good, everything has gone according to plan, we need to start."