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Thunder Gulch Adds US Black-Type
Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning former Coolmore shuttler Thunder Gulch (Gulch-Line Of Thunder, by Storm Bird) added a US black-type success when 6YO mare Thundering Emilia (Thunder Gulch-Saint Emilia, by Saint Ballado) scored a 1-length victory in the US$75,000 Listed John Rooney Memorial Stakes (8.5 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Delaware Park to improve on her runner-up effort in this same race last year. Thundering Emilia (ridden by Julian Pimentel for trainer Michael Matz) defeated 5YO mare Martita Sangrita (Johar-Kschessinka, by Nureyev) & Italian-bred 4YO mare Master Shade (Masterful-Universal Shade, by Pursuit Of Love). Thundering Emilia took her record to 7 wins (also including 2009's Peru Gr3 Clasico Jose Rodriguez Razzeto over 1700m at Monterrico) & 11 placings (including 2011's Listed John Rooney Memorial Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Delaware Park & Listed Paris Opera Stakes over 8 furlongs at Saratoga, plus 2010's Peru Gr1 Clasico Pamplona over 2400m at Monterrico & Peru Gr3 Clasico Baldomero Aspillaga over 2000m at Monterrico, as well as 2009's Peru Gr3 Clasico Cesar Del Rio over 2000m at Monterrico & Peru Listed Clasico Reina Isabel Il De Inglaterra over 1600m at Monterrico) from 28 starts for US$97,000 earnings.