RIVER BOYNE, MAJESTIC EAGLE & TRUE VALOUR ALL PROMINENT AMONG FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 THUNDER ROAD STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2020)–A winner of six of 11 starts over the Santa Anita lawn, Irish-bred River Boyne rates top billing among a wide-open field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes at one mile on turf.
Others who merit serious consideration are Majestic Eagle, who comes off a sharp third place finish in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 4, and True Valour, last year’s Thunder Road winner, who also won a Grade II turf stakes here three starts back on Oct. 5.
Owner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC
Trainer: Jeff Mullins
Most recently third, beaten three lengths by Grade I winner Ohio in the one mile turf Cotton Fitzsimmons Stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 11, this 5-year-old full horse ran a huge third, beaten a half length, two starts back in the Grade II Seabiscuit Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 30. Although he’s winless in eight starts since taking the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile here on Dec. 26, 2018, he’s been close in seven of those races and will get the first time services of Abel Cedillo on Saturday as he seeks his third graded stakes victory with Mullins.
Owner: John Lindley & Ray Morton
Trainer: Neil Drysdale
A close second early, this 5-year-old full horse by Medaglia d’Oro took a narrow advantage turning for home and ended up third, beaten 1 ¾ lengths going a mile and one eighth on turf in the Grade II San Gabriel Jan. 4 and he should appreciate the cutback in distance to one mile. A winner of the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes five starts back here on June 23, Majestic Eagle rates a big chance with talented Umberto Rispoli aboard for the first time on Saturday.
Owner: Simon Callaghan
Trainer: Simon Callaghan
A winner of the Grade III City of Hope Mile over the course three starts back on Oct. 5, this 5-year-old Irish-bred bobbled at the break and was subsequently eighth, beaten four lengths in his most recent start, the Grade II, 5 ½ furlong turf Joe Hernandez Stakes on Jan. 1. Off at 5-2 in the 10-horse Hernandez, True Valour, who won last year’s Thunder Road four starts back, will be reunited with jockey Andrea Atzeni and rates a huge chance with clear sailing on Saturday.
THE GRADE III THUNDER ROAD STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Ronald R–Drayden Van Dyke–124
- The Hunted–Geovanni Franco–122
- Majestic Eagle–Umberto Rispoli–122
- True Valour–Andrea Atzeni–124
- Mugaritz–Mike Smith–124
- River Boyne–Abel Cedillo–122
- Frontier Market–Flavien Prat–122
- Camino Del Paraiso–Tiago Pereira–122
- Take the One O One–Brice Blanc–120
- Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122
First post time for a nine-race program on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.