Pioneerof the Nile Firster Rides the Rail to Impressive Score

1st-WO, C$65,320, Msw, 11-11, 2yo, 6f (AWT) (off turf), 1:10.75, ft.

THUNDER RIDE (c, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–Pontiana, by Deputy Minister) was a yearling purchase for $625,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. He began his training at Churchill Downs in late summer before shipping up to Woodbine, where he has been stabled for Mark Casse. The 8-1 long shot broke a step slow and moved from the outside to the rail in the first furlong. Staying on the fence behind the trio of leaders setting a moderate tempo of :23 and :45.74, the bay saved all the ground around the far turn. Once pacesetter Viewfinder (Langfuhr) moved off the rail just outside the eighth pole, Thunder Ride stormed through the opening and kicked clear to score by 1 3/4 lengths, covering the six furlongs in 1:10.75 on the Tapeta track. Point of Order (Point of Entry) finished well on the outside for second.

The winner’s is a half to Addibel Lightning (Colonel John), MSP, $197,128, and his second dam, Shine Again (Wild Again), is a multiple winner of the GI Ballerina S. at Saratoga and earned $1,271,840 in her career. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $28,859. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Cheyenne Stables LLC Oxley, John C.; B-Gainesway Tbreds LTD, J B Passerello, Howard Graves Ivanovich (KY); T-Mark E. Casse.

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