Captain Thunder flashed speed with a five-furlong breeze over Woodbine’s Tapeta surface in 1:00 flat July 14 and was pegged as a 13-4 chance in his August 4 debut for trainer Mark Casse.

Pressing from a close-up second through modest fractions of :23.69 and :47.47, the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July buy took control at the head of the lane and inched clear into the final furlong before staving off favored Sandy Bay by a length.

A three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile, Captain Thunder was consigned by South Point Sales at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton July sale where perennial leading owner John C. Oxley signed the six figure ticket. He is the first foal out of a dam who is responsible for a juvenile Scat Daddy colt in Ireland and a yearling colt by Union Rags. She was bred to Violence this term. Third dam Tout Charmant (Slewvescent) was a MGISW.

Captain Thunder’s victory continued a string of summer success by Shannondoe Farm breds. In June and July Shannondoe bred runners graduated from the Maiden Special ranks in impressive fashion at Woodbine, Belmont Park, Indiana Grand and Santa Anita.

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