UPDATE: Classic Winner Gun Runner To Stand At Three Chimneys After Pegasus World Cup; Stud Fee Set At $70,000

by | 11.08.2017 | 5:07pm
Gun Runner (Candy Ride) wins the Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar on 11.4.2017. Florent Geroux up, Steve Asmussen trainer, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm owners.

Three Chimneys announced today that Leading Horse of the Year candidate and 5 time Grade 1 winner Gun Runner will stand the 2018 breeding season for a fee of $70,000 Live Foal Stands and Nurses. He will be available for special viewing this week at Three Chimneys from Wednesday through Friday, after which he will be shipped to Steve Asmussen's barn to resume training in preparation for the Jan. 27, 2018, Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

Co-owner Ron Winchell said, “I have been fortunate enough to own several great horses, but Gun Runner is clearly at the top of my list. He is the horse of a lifetime. His brilliance was recognizable early and improved with every season. His consistency, soundness and race recovery were comparable to none. These traits should serve him well as a stallion. I am a believer and will be supporting him 100%.”

Co-owner Goncalo Torrealba added, “This horse is the dream result and is a testament to why my family and I re-entered racing and breeding in the US.  I am a big believer in top families, and with two Horses of the Year in his first two dams, one could make a case that there is no more active or relevant pedigree in the stud book today than that of Gun Runner. He gave all of us the thrill of a lifetime and joined us to Ron Winchell who became a partner and a friend, and who in turn introduced me to Steve Asmussen and his family. These friendships have made the whole journey exponentially more enjoyable. At Three Chimneys we believe in partnerships and our co-ownership with Ron Winchell in Gun Runner is the ‘poster child' for why we believe this. We are very excited to have him join the stallion roster, and we will be committing our best mares to him, including the dams of Twirling Candy and La Verdad, and G1 winners Stopchargingmaria, Pure Clan, and Malibu Prayer, to name a few.”

Three Chimneys board member Doug Cauthen added, “I have been associated with many great horses in my life, but Gun Runner is the best racehorse I have ever been around. As a stallion prospect he brings impeccable credentials, with a super physical, a royal pedigree and admirable speed and toughness – he deserves his fan base. He's the kind of horse people dream about, and it's a tribute to the Torrealba family's commitment to the US that they were able to add such a specimen to their racing stable and stallion roster so quickly in their tenure.”

Gun Runner is the winner of five Grade 1 races, including the Grade 1 2016 Clark Handicap, and reeled off four consecutive Grade 1 wins in 2017, starting with the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, then continuing with the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes and the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic. The striking and regally bred 4-year-old is out of Quiet Giant, a Grade 2 winning half sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam and is Candy Ride's leading earner with $8,988,500 in earnings to date.

Gun Runner will be shown this Wednesday through Friday, 9-11 a.m.  and 1:30-3:30 p.m. each day.  Director of stallion nominations Grant Williamson (859-797-3443) and Rebecca Grabert(812-774-6454) will be available during your visit to answer any questions.

  • whirlaway

    Gun Runner is sired by a very good sire and love his dam’s family he is out of a 1/2 sister to
    Siant Liam that was a loss way too young and never got a chance at stud with his early death. He did sire the HOY Havre de Grace. Here is hoping GR will be a good sire for this very special family. If he is HOY that is 3 HOY from this family.

    • norhymenoreason

      great comments! was sick when Saint Liam went…a terrible loss of such a tough minded race horse. I am also hoping that Gun Runner creates the great breeding influence that we hoped for from Saint Liam.

      • whirlaway

        I was at Saratoga in 2005 when Saint Liam was defeated by Commentator by a neck. A really exciting race that day by two tough competitors. His death was a shame because he never got the chance for a stud career. Edward Evans was a talented breeder and I felt Quality Road would be a nice sire and he sure has been good. People like Mr. Evans
        make contributions important to breeding and the throughbred.

        • norhymenoreason

          lucky you! Saint Liam just never quit. Miss him still. Mr. Evans was one of the best, among the top. His breeding program was second to none. And I loved Quality Road from the beginning and he is performing at the farm. Such a lovely boy. Good to see.

          • whirlaway

            I would go frequently to Whitney week-end usually good races.i loved Quality Road on the track and believed he would be a good sire. He has been better than I though,
            he had a few critics but that is just different opinion than mine. Does not upset me.

  • Richard C

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  • WT

    GR is a very exciting stallion prospect. His soundness will be much welcomed to the gene pool. Wish I had a mare worthy of him.

  • Denise Ledford

    Will be another exciting race to look forward too with Gunrunner once again facing off with West Coast, Collected and Unbridled Forever as well this time around.

    • Rivercitysmitty

      I’ve been a fan of both Unbridled Forever and Gun Runner since their Fair Grounds days. I hope Asmussen gives the FG fans a treat by having an appearance there since that’s basically where he got started.

    • goodhorsekeeping

      It’s Forever Unbridled. Unbridled Forever is heavily pregnant ;)

      • Denise Ledford

        Sorry, type O!

        • goodhorsekeeping

          And one for just about every horse would be fine!!! But noooo Lemons Forever just had to have two GI fillies with interchangeable names :D

  • ctgreyhound

    Retirement totally expected. Bring on the Pegasus & prepare to be amazed.

  • Janey Ragan Poteet Boyd

    He is worthy of higher fee!

  • PointGivenTCL

    Interesting fee in comparison to his sire (just $10K less). I think this fee is in the right ballpark although don’t know why they wouldn’t either drop it to $60K to make him a better value relative to Candy Ride or add the extra $5K to make it equal to Arrogate’s as a statement that they believe their horse is every bit as likely to make a good sire (which I think is a fair contention). I am frankly amazed that Candy Ride’s didn’t go all the way up to $100,000 on the basis of the year he’s had and his consistent position in the top ten list over the last several years, plus his growing number of sons at stud enjoying success (Twirling Candy, and Mastery will be popular next year too).

    I think Gun Runner has every ingredient to make an absolutely top notch sire and would be completely shocked if he isn’t successful. Gorgeous specimen, outstanding class and consistency, miler speed that could go a distance, graded stakes talent from 2-4, soundness, hot sire who has proven he can sire stallions, outstanding Evans-cultivated female family, and he will get very strong support from Winchell and Torrealba’s excellent broodmare bands. He reminds me a lot of Curlin as a stud prospect and I think he’s got every chance to enjoy the same level of success.

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