Thermonuclear Energy Shines in Charger Bar

The Walk Thru Fire mare opens her 6-year-old season with a Grade 1 win.

Q-Racing Journal

Thermonuclear Energy was a prompt favorite in Sunday's Charger Bar Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Thermonuclear Energy, a homebred 6-year-old daughter of Walk Thru Fire racing for the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, began her 2019 season with a half-length victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) for fillies and mares at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O'Dell, Thermonuclear Energy went 400 yards in :19.776 and recorded a 92 speed index while racing on a track labeled wet-fast. The mare banked the $50,000 winner's share of the purse to push her earnings to $382,882 from 26 starts, all at Los Alamitos.

Thermonuclear Energy was making her first start since November 24, when she ran second, a head behind winner Love To Reason Br, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Las Damas Handicap (G3).

“Last year she ran second in (the Charger Bar), but I think what’s helped her a lot is that we’ve bred her a couple of times,” O’Dell said. “She’s gained weight (as a result) and has done well. We’re going to run her in the (February 16, 350-yard) Denim N Diamonds Handicap and then breed her again.

"If she wins the Denim N Diamonds, we almost can’t quit with her," the trainer added. 'We’ll have to come back and keep running her this year. I was thinking that after the Denim N Diamonds that we might retire her, but as good as she ran tonight, and if she comes out of this race nicely, then we’ll go and breed her and then come back and keep going with her.”

Thermonuclear Energy has won 10 races, including last year's California Breeders' Matron Stakes (RG3). O'Dell said that a baby out of the mare will be coming soon.

"She had two embryos pulled out of her two years ago and two more last year," he said. "Next year, you’ll see some of babies out of her. It's been about a year and half since I saw (Thermonuclear Energy’s dam) Terrific Energy. Every once in a while I go up to Parsons Ranch and naturally I always go and look for her.

"What a nice broodmare she’s become," O'Dell added. "Every one of her babies has done well. Some of her babies are not quick-breakers because they’re built like her, they’re big horses. They’re long-striding horses and built to run down the track.”

One Sweet Racy finished second and was followed by A Political Lady, Love to Reason Br, Tickle Ur Fancy, Jess Mas, Matilda Czech, Tough To Figure, Splendid Cause and Kiddy Up Cowgirl.

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