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Katrina Clay and her multiple graded stakes winner Tom's Thunder enjoy a snuggle.

Mud-caked stakes winner helped mend her heart

By the time Katrina Clay met multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s Thunder, all muddy and looking fairly unimpressive to the eye, they’d each reached a crossroads in life. The plain bay Thoroughbred who had won both the New York Stallion Times Square Stakes in 2001 and the Alex Robb Handicap in 2002, before earning more than $450,000 in 53 starts, was just a horse who needed someone. And Clay was a grieving young woman who had only recently lost her horse. She’d been looking hard for a new horse to help fill the void, but deals fell through, and others […]