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May 20, 2005 · By · Share

Thunderprince, West Point's three-year-old son of Indian Charlie scored a rousing victory in his three-year-old debut on May 20th at Belmont. 

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "What can you say? We knew this horse had talent last year, and he not only showed that, but he also showed a lot of heart and determination.  That was probably the most encouraging thing to see.  The track was drying out by the time we ran, and the times were really slow all day.  It was a tiring surface.  We actually ran a second faster than the other division of the same race.  This should set him up perfectly for a tremendous summer campaign."

Breaking from post five, Thunderprince got away very alertly.  He did get brushed coming out of the gate but quickly got into stride and flashed some good early speed before being taken hold of by Richard Migliore.  Thunderprince rated in sixth only about two-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 23 flat.  Migliore kept Thunderprince in excellent striking position on the outside advancing into third just over a length back after a half-mile in 46.3.  Migliore set Thunderprince down for the drive in the lane as he engaged the heavy favorite on the outside.  The two battled through the lane as Thunderprince wore down the favorite and outgained him to the wire to win by a half-length.  The running time for the seven furlongs was 1:25 flat over the tiring track.

Thunderprince collected $25,800 for the victory and has now banked over $55,000 in four career starts.

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