Thunder Rumble

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Thunder Rumble
SireThunder Puddles
Grandsire Speak John
Damsire Lyphard
Sex Stallion
Country United States
Colour Bay
BreederBraeburn Farm
OwnerBraeburn Farm
Trainer1) Richard O'Connell
2) Chris Speckert
Record19: 8-0-1
Earnings US$1,047,552
Major wins
Count Fleet Stakes (1992)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1992)
Montauk Handicap (1992)
Travers Stakes (1992)
Saratoga Cup (1994)
Thunder Rumble Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

Thunder Rumble (1989 in New York – January 6, 2015) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that The Blood-Horse called a "sensation at Saratoga" race course for his performances there in 1992. [1]

New York (state) State of the United States of America

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Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit. Thoroughbreds also have a lot of success off the track, in homes such as showjumping, Eventing and dressage

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Bred and raced by Konrad Widmer and his daughter Ursula under their Braeburn Farm banner, Thunder Rumble was trained by Richard O'Connell. As a three-year-old in 1992, Thunder Rumble missed the U.S. Triple Crown series due to a virus. [2] However, the colt had an outstanding year. He won the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and at Saratoga captured the Montauk Handicap, the Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes and then became the first New York-bred horse in 125 years to win the Grade I Travers Stakes. [3] Laid up for almost six months from an injury following a seventh-place finish in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Classic, Thunder Rumble ran without success in four races in California under trainer Chris Speckert. Returned to New York and trainer Richard O'Connell, on July 20, 1994 he won a seven-furlong allowance race by three and a half lengths, then won the August 6 Saratoga Cup by four lengths, beating the likes of Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair and Pistols and Roses. [4]

Richard O'Connell was an American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer who was voted Trainer of the Year three times by New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB).

The Count Fleet Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run at Aqueduct Racetrack, located in Jamaica, New York, at the beginning of January each year. It is the first stakes race of the year run in New York City for three-year-olds.

Aqueduct Racetrack is a Thoroughbred horse-racing facility and racino in the South Ozone Park and Jamaica neighborhoods of Queens, New York City. Its racing meets are usually from late October/early November through April. The racetrack is located adjacent to a casino called Resorts World New York City.

Retired to stud duty for the 1995 season, Thunder Rumble sired a few good runners, including stakes winner, Frisky Thunder. Pensioned at Keane Stud, in Armenia, New York in 2006, in 2009 he was sent to Joann and Mark Pepper's farm in Greenfield Center, New York, who operate Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. The Thoroughbred retirement facility is a satellite operation of Old Friends Equine in Georgetown, Kentucky. [5]

Horse breeding human-directed process of selective horse breeding

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Greenfield, New York Town in New York, United States

Greenfield is a town in Saratoga County, New York, United States. The population was 7,362 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Greenfield, New Hampshire. It is located northwest of Saratoga Springs, which it borders, and students living in Greenfield attend schools of the Saratoga Springs City School District.

Old Friends Equine Equine retirement facility

Old Friends is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The organization started with one leased paddock and two horses, but now owns 136 acres, Dreamchase Farm, with additional leased pasturage. It is the only Thoroughbred retirement facility in the United States that accepts stallions on a regular basis. Old Friends is currently home to over 150 retired Thoroughbred athletes.

Part of the New York Stallion Series, the Thunder Rumble Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack is named in his honor. [6]

The New York Stallion Series was created by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders', Inc. The races are run at Aqueduct Racetrack and/or Belmont Park and feature the progeny of stallions standing in the state of New York.

On January 6, 2015, Thunder Rumble died of complications from colic, at Old Friends, Saratoga. He was 26. [7]

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