A mere head separated Braeburn Farm’s homebred Virginia-bred Frisky Thunder from Cherokee Artist when the former crossed the finish line first in the $100,000 Leeward Steakes at Presque Isle Sunday evening.

Frisky Thunder (Pictured right at CLN) and jockey Erick Rodriguez got the best of Cherokee Artist under Harry Vega with Xela and John McKee back in third. Crimson Comic was another half-length back in fourth. Only two lengths separated the first six horses in the seven horse field.

Frisky Thunder, a 5-year-old mare, was kept just off the early pace before rallying in the stretch and taking the lead late. Trained by Tim Keefe, Frisky Thunder was the longest shot on the board at 19-1 and returned $41.80 to win.
The final time for the mile race over the Tapeta surface was 1.37.73.
Frisky Thunder, is by Thunder Rumble, out of Port St. Mary by Seattle Slew.