Fractured cannon bone sends Thunder Gulch into retirement


Thunder Gulch, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, fractured a cannon bone in his left foreleg in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park and has been retired to stud.

In the race, the horse was beaten 14 lengths by Cigar.

"After the Gold Cup, he was very uncomfortable," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "We had X-rays taken and discovered he has a condylar fracture. We've seen him run all year and knew that that was not the Thunder Gulch we knew."

Owner Michael Tabor said: "Obviously, I'm shellshocked. I had hoped to run him as a 4-year-old. I think the public really enjoyed watching him run. But I think this is the right thing to do."

Thunder Gulch will stand at stud at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.

Thunder Gulch, a son of Gulch-Line of Thunder, won nine of 16 career races and earned $2,915,086. Besides winning two Triple Crown races, the colt won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The colt's chances for a Triple Crown were dashed by a third-place finish in the Preakness.

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