Gun Runner

  • 2017 The Whitney
Breeders' Cup Challenge

Gun Runner

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Although his record is not perfect, Gun Runner is arguably a perfect racehorse. Regardless of the place or the competition, Gun Runner gives his best effort every time, which has produced 10 victories and just over $5.7 million in earnings while he keeps only the best company. He doesn’t even mind winning when it is past his bedtime.

Three months after being runner-up to Arrogate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, he cruised to victory in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap during Churchill Downs popular night program. The triumph emphasized Gun Runner’s place as a leader in his crop and proclaimed that he will be a sought-after stallion when he eventually retires to his co-owner’s Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.

There is plenty to like about Gun Runner, who overtook Arrogate as the #1 horse in the country according to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association the week of Aug. 21 and was expected to hold on to that spot at least until the two horses meet again in the Classic. His race record glistens with victories in top-shelf races such as the Whitney and Woodward Stakes. Last year, he won the Clark Handicap and Louisiana Derby and was third in the Kentucky Derby.

His pedigree is so stunning that his dam, Quiet Giant, was sold for $3 million at the 2011 Keeneland November sale shortly after closing her career with a Grade 2 victory. Quiet Giant’s own dam also produced 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

Gunner Runner’s owner is Winchell Thoroughbreds, the family operation started by Verne Winchell in the 1950s. Winchell launched and later sold his Winchell Donuts chain and has raced a long list of stakes winners including renowned sire Tapit. He died in 2002 and the operation is now run by his son Ron.

Gun Runner’s Hall of Fame trainer, Steve Asmussen, won the 2007 Classic with Curlin.

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BC Challenge Races Won

  • 2017 Stephen Foster H.
  • 2017 The Whitney

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