2020 Thunder Road Stakes Preview, Field & Odds

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: February 06, 2020

Irish-bred River Boyne, a winner of six of 11 starts over the Santa Anita Park lawn, 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.

2020 Thunder Road Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 7 at Santa Anita on Saturday, February 08 - Post 6:31 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Ronald R (IRE) 6-1 Drayden Van Dyke
124 Lbs
Ronald Ellis
2 The Hunted 8-1 Geovanni Franco
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas
3 Majestic Eagle 5-1 Umberto Rispoli
122 Lbs
Neil Drysdale
4 True Valour (IRE) 7-2 Andrea Atzeni
124 Lbs
Simon Callaghan
5 Mugaritz 8-1 Mike Smith
124 Lbs
Jonathan Wong
6 River Boyne (IRE) 5-1 Abel Cedillo
122 Lbs
Jeff Mullins
7 Frontier Market 4-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
John Sadler
8 Camino Del Paraiso 12-1 Tiago Pereira
122 Lbs
O. Jauregui
9 Take the One O One 20-1 Brice Blanc
120 Lbs
Brian Koriner
10 Kingly 12-1 Mario Gutierrez
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert

RIVER BOYNE

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: Red Baron's Barn, LLC | Trainer: Jeff Mullins

MAJESTIC EAGLE

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: John Lindley & Ray Morton | Trainer: Neil Drysdale

TRUE VALOUR

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.

Owner: Simon Callaghan | Trainer: Simon Callaghan

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