Starlight Racing runner is a son of Stonewall Farm
Ocala sire A.P. Warrior
Thunder Moccasin stormed alongside pacesetter Il Villano around the far turn of Saturday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park and put away that rival with ease, coasting to a 6 ¾-length victory in his stakes debut.
Over a track labeled good, Thunder Moccasin completed the seven furlongs in 1:24.16 under John Velazquez.
“He broke half a step slow but it worked out perfectly because I was able to get great position outside of the other speed. I wanted to make a quick move on the turn to try to surprise the other horse and it worked,” Velazquez said. “He runs so hard every step of the way.”
His career debut Dec. 24 has turned into a key race. In winning that 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight, Thunder Moccasin set the pace, going wire-to-wire in 1.15:81. Second-place finisher Ender Knievel, third-place finisher Panthro, and fourth-place finisher Stealcase all won their next races out.
“He’s a very talented colt,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “His first race was so impressive with the move he made we thought we’d take a shot and go right into the Hutcheson. The race came up just the way we talked about where we sat just off the five (Il Villano), a horse with more seasoning, and he handled it beautifully.”
Stonewall Farm Stallions bred Thunder Moccasin and the colt’s sire stands at the Ocala stallion farm. In addition to Thunder Moccasin, A.P. Warrior has also produced stakes-placed A.P. Diva.
For more information on A.P. Warrior, visit Stonewall’s website at www.stonewallfarmocala.com.
Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo