The 6-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding, who is without his right eye, received a two hole trip behind favorite Powerful Mist and surged by that rival willingly in the stretch for a 1:52.3 triumph in the $18,000 featured Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. Powerful Mist was a clear second with Catchmecullen A third.
“He left wicked fast tonight,” said trainer Don Brittingham of As Bad As Thunder, who set his lifetime mark on March 19 at Dover Downs (1:51.2), which he later equaled. “The trip couldn’t have worked out much better tonight.”
“Thunder” has won six races this year, including four of his last five.
“We claimed him at Dover for $15,000,” added Don Brittingham. “I didn’t know he had one eye until that night. It ended up being a great claim.”
Driver George Dennis had three wins on the program.