Goldolphin Money Cannot Kentucky Derby Finisher Buy

No, for those of you who enjoyed the rare privilege of watching, that was not Royal Randwick with the mud flying. Rather, it was Churchill Downs, Kentucky, Good ‘Ol U.S. of A, where the heathen dirt track racers made The Heath look dryer than an Indian cricket pitch.

Is there a track rating beyond heavy? The commentators were describing it as “sloppy,” which was at least accurate, if lacking in creativity.

Always Dreaming won the 143rd edition of the Kentucky Derby, pulling away in the final straight and breezing to the post ahead of a field that was initially 20.

By the time the race was over, the field had shrunken to 19, as the Goldolphin entry, Thunder Snow, pulled up right after the jump, hopefully out of reluctance to not wallow in the mud, rather than any sort of threatening issue. The young Goldolphin colt can boast of an Aussie grandsire, none other than Exceed And Excel. The rest of his pedigree is equally impressive, well, nearly. A look at Thunder Snow’s lines reveals Aussie stud Helmet, a three-time Group 1 winner, and multiple ties to the immortal Canadian Northern Dancer.

Darley bred, Thunder Snow has been a busy three-year-old, with nine starts to his credit and close to £1.3 million total in the till, $US1.6 million from Yank land.

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