Holiday Thunder has been retired and will enter stud at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Ocala, Fla., immediately. Holiday Thunder (Thunder Gulch--Magical Holiday, by Slew o' Gold) has not raced since winning an April 25 allowance event at Keeneland. John T. Ward trained the colt for John Oxley. His fee is $3,000.
As a 2-year-old Holiday Thunder finished second to Point Given in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) and second to Dollar Bill in the Brown and Williamson Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II). In between those two starts he was third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity. Based on those performances, Holiday Thunder was considered a possible contender for the Triple Crown races in 2001, but after a sixth-place finish in Songandaprayer's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), he did not race again until September, and raced only three more times at three. Holiday Thunder retired with a 10-2-4-3 record and $197,213 in earnings.
Oxley bought the colt for $70,000 from Lane's End, agent, at the 1998 Keeneland November mixed sale. He owned the colt through his career and retains ownership of the stallion.
Schettine took over management of the former DunHill Stud on Jan. 1 of this year. He renamed the 12-acre facility Signature Stallions and owns three of the nine stallions on the 2003 roster.