- Road to the Kentucky Derby
- Racing & Wagering
- 2 - Wildcat Creek
- 1 - Tarpy's Goal
- Ever So Lucky
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Starlight Stable's Thunder Moccasin remained perfect in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes, drawing off to an impressive 6 3/4-length score, and provided trainer Todd Pletcher with his third winner of the afternoon at Gulfstream Park. The leading conditioner reached the 3,000-victory milestone earlier on the program.
A bay son of A.P. Warrior, the three-year-old colt stalked the pace in second behind Il Villano, who established opening splits in :23 1/5 and :46 4/5 on a one-length advantage, and Thunder Moccasin was given his cue by jockey John Velazquez leaving the far turn. He quickly overhauled the front runner and sped clear, winning under wraps.
Thunder Moccasin completed seven panels in a commendable 1:24 over a track rated good. He was heavily favored at 1-5 odds among five rivals.
Il Villano held for second, a half-length better than Quick Wit. It was another 8 1/2 lengths back to Wildcat Creek in fourth and Tarpy's Goal completed the order of finish. Ever So Lucky was scratched.
A $95,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, Thunder Moccasin made his career debut on Christmas Eve, recording a smart 2 1/2-length win at six furlongs. He's now earned $114,300 in two career starts.
Bred in Kentucky by Stonewall Farm Stallions, Thunder Moccasin is out of the Storm Cat mare One Stormy Mama, a daughter of stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Wicked Mama. This is the female family of multiple Grade/Group 2 victor Lundy's Liability.
Pletcher indicated that Thunder Moccasin will be kept at one-turn distances, with the Grade 2 Swale Stakes at seven furlongs March 10 as a likely target.