Ponder – Los Angeles – Camluck
p, 2, 1:52.4s; 3, 1:47.4s; 4, 1:47.2 ($1,957,217)
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Thinking Out Loud captured one of the few major stakes races that had eluded his Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh, the $1.5 million North America Cup. “He was worth the wait,” said McIntosh simply after the impressive victory over a field that included such standouts as Sweet Lou, A Rocknroll Dance, Pet Rock, State Treasurer and Warrawee Needy.
Thinking Out Loud was lightly raced as a two-year-old, making just four starts, with three wins and a second to show for, which included a leg and the final of the Dream Maker Series at Mohawk. A bone bruise caused McIntosh to stop his rookie season and his patience paid off in spades. At the conclusion of his sophomore year he had seven wins, five seconds and five thirds for $1.2 million in earnings.
Over the next two years Thinking Out Loud proved conclusively that he could compete with the toughest group in harness racing, the free for all pacers, a group that included the richest pacer in history, Foiled Again. He captured the US Pacing Championship in one of his first races as a four-year-old in 1:47.2, his life mark.
“He’s got a tremendous turn of speed and he can carry it a good distance. It’s not like it’s a little burst of speed. He can carry it a long ways,” praised his regular driver John Campbell.
At five, Thinking Out Loud’s Grand Circuit wins included the Breeders Crown final at the Meadowlands over Sweet Lou, State Treasurer, Modern Legend and Foiled Again. He also captured the American National at Balmoral. He retired with 16 lifetime wins and earnings of $1,957,217.
Thinking Out Loud is a son of one of McIntosh’s former stars, Ponder. “He’s much like his dad; Ponder was one of the greatest horses I ever trained and this horse has the same sort of attitude to him,” McIntosh noted.
His dam, Los Angeles, was a multiple stakes winner and earned $289,000 in her career. She is by Camluck, another of McIntosh’s former stable stars who ruled as the top pacing stallion in Canada for many years. Camluck passed away in 2015 at Seelster Farms where he stood stud his entire career.
Thinking Out Loud is the half brother to stakes winner West Of L A p, 2, 1.53.2 ($230,830), the dam of L A Delight p, 2, 1.51.2s; 3, 1:49.1f ($1,577,533) and Somewhere In L A p, 1:48.4f ($1,335,135).