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Gun Runner Becomes 13th Breeders' Cup Classic Winner Voted Horse of the Year

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2018) – Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner became the 13th Breeders’ Cup Classic winner to be named Horse of the Year, as was announced tonight at the conclusion of the 2017 Eclipse Awards in the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park.

Gun Runner had 248 out of 250 votes in the Horse of the Year tally from representatives of the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters, Daily Racing Form staff, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association block composed of Equibase field personnel and North American Racing Secretaries. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Gun Runner, a chestnut son of Candy Ride, won last year’s 1 ¼ mile, $6 million Classic at Del Mar by 2 ¼ lengths, joining a long list of Classic and Horse of the Year winners:

The following horses won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Horse of the Year title in the same year:

  • 1987, Ferdinand
  • 1988, Alysheba
  • 1989, Sunday Silence
  • 1991, Black Tie Affair (IRE)
  • 1992, AP Indy
  • 1995, Cigar
  • 2000, Tiznow
  • 2004, Ghostzapper
  • 2005, Saint Liam
  • 2006, Invasor (ARG)
  • 2007, Curlin
  • 2015, American Pharoah


In addition to the Classic winners, the follow horses won Horse of the Year honors in years that they also won a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race:


  • 1986, Lady’s Secret – Breeders’ Cup Distaff
  • 1993, Kotashaan (FR) – Breeders’ Cup Turf
  • 1997, Favorite Trick – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
  • 2002, Azeri – Breeders’ Cup Mile
  • 2012, Wise Dan – Breeders' Cup Mile
  • 2013, Wise Dan – Breeders’ Cup Mile

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