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Silent Thunder's Homepage

Home
Thunder's Show Photos - Beginning April 2008
Oct 2007 - Training session over fences
A Photo Chronology: Thunder's retraining
May 12, 2007 - Thunder's first jumps!
Thunder's Race Photos!
Penn National Photos
Thunder Photos - His Arrival and First Weeks
Thunder's Story: The Life of a Racehorse
Thunder's Links
Important Information about Horse Slaughter

Welcome to the home page of Silent Thunder, a dark bay 12YO "OTTB" (Off-Track Thoroughbred) who was placed through CANTER - the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses.

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Thunder wins on the turf at Fort Erie, August 2004

SEE THUNDER RACE at Tampa Bay Downs - click here to view the video!

It takes a minute or so to download so you can view it...he's the only horse in this race with white blinkers, and he'll drop out of the big screen for a while because he's a closer....turn your sound up!
 
 
And after you have watched his race....look at the photo below and marvel at how far he has come.  This is July 2008 - the racehorse transformed!

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Thunder at the Maryland Saddle Association Horse Show, PG County Equestrian Center

Click here to see Thunder schooling over fences, March 2008

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Thunder schooling in May 2008. The pic is fuzzy because it was a still frame pulled off a video....

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Thunder on the day I met him at Penn National Racecourse.  He's being vet-checked by the track vet in this photo.

I found Thunder through the Thoroughbred rescue site www.canterusa.org.  I enthusiastically support all Thoroughbred rescues, but CANTER stands out in my mind because of its setup - by focusing on a forum to make it easy for trainers and owners to post and encouraging direct contact without filtering through the organization or adoption process, I believe CANTER is most focused on placing thoroughbreds in higher volumes.  Please click on the graphic to visit their link below!

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Click on the above graphic to check out one of the most resourceful sites on the web for OTTBs

Thunder was a successful racer on the track, winning 15 races, finishing in the money in nearly half of his 86 starts, and earning almost $220K in purse money.  He was even stakes-placed.  He is a son of the Eclipse Award-winning Bertrando and a grandson of Breeders Cup Classic winner Skywalker.  Check out his pedigree here:
http://www.pedigreequery.com/silent+thunder

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This was the photo of Thunder that was posted on the canterusa.org website as part of his ad.  CANTER volunteers often help owners/trainers with their listings by coming to the track to take photos.  This photo was taken very shortly after he ran what would be the last race of his career on October 29th, 2005 - which is why he still looks relatively fit and filled out, like a racehorse! 

My goal in creating this site is twofold:  1.  To give my friends a place they could go to check out Thunder's progress, a subject of much discussion in my life!  And 2.  To promote the rescue and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses.  I hope that through this site, others will be encouraged to save the lives of these amazing animals.