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Gun Runner Takes The Breeders' Cup Classic And Likely Horse Of The Year

Gun Runner Takes The Breeders' Cup Classic And Likely Horse Of The Year

For Gun Runner’s connections, the Classic was triumphant end to a remarkable year. After finishing third in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the chestnut colt’s biggest accomplishment last year was winning the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in November. This year, he’s won six of seven races, four of them Grade 1 races, his only loss coming in the Dubai World Cup when he finished second to Arrogate.

If there’s such a thing as horses for courses, Arrogate and Del Mar are the reverse of that. In three races this year over the Southern California surface, Arrogate never showed the superlative form that characterized his races late last year and early this year. Gun Runner, on the other hand, has won at six racetracks across the country.

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Bob Baffert had four horses in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar Racetrack, including post-time favorite Arrogate, but his three-year winning streak in the race ended when Gun Runner took the field gate to wire, solidifying his title as Horse of the Year.

Sent off as the second betting choice, Gun Runner bucked the trend of the earlier races, heading to the lead under jockey Florent Geroux and holding on to win for his fourth straight Grade 1 win.

Arrogate, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, finished fifth. Two of Baffert’s other horses, Collected and West Coast, finished second and third respectively.

The win is trainer Steve Asmussen’s second in the Classic. He won the 2007 renewal at Monmouth Park with Curlin.

A private purchase for an undisclosed sum, Gun Runner has now earned $ 9.2 million. He’s owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm.

For Gun Runner’s connections, the Classic was triumphant end to a remarkable year. After finishing third in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, the chestnut colt’s biggest accomplishment last year was winning the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in November. This year, he’s won six of seven races, four of them Grade 1 races, his only loss coming in the Dubai World Cup when he finished second to Arrogate.

If there’s such a thing as horses for courses, Arrogate and Del Mar are the reverse of that. In three races this year over the Southern California surface, Arrogate never showed the superlative form that characterized his races late last year and early this year. Gun Runner, on the other hand, has won at six racetracks across the country.

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