Looking every bit the favorite that he figures to be for Saturday's $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Gun Runner galloped two miles around the Del Mar track on Sunday morning, the third day of his presence after shipping south from Santa Anita.
“He's doing great,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. “We'll put another half-mile (work) in him tomorrow morning just to let him get acquainted with the track. He was just bouncing over it this morning and pulling up he didn't get much of a blow out of it and I like to see that.”
Blasi said Gun Runner's work on Monday, tentatively scheduled for 6:30 a.m., would more likely go at 6:50 or so when the dawn would have broken and visibility would be better.
“He's physically more mature and stronger this year than he was last year at Santa Anita (second in the BC Dirt Mile) and he's just gotten faster,” Blasi said.
In the Classic, Gun Runner will be facing a power-laden quartet from trainer Bob Baffert – Arrogate, Collected, Cupid and Mubtaahij – among others. But Del Mar oddsmaker Russ Hudak, who will be making the morning line, said that Gun Runner will probably be his choice for favoritism.
“He's the sharpest coming in of a lot of very good horses,” Hudak said.
Blasi also supervised works for Tap Daddy and Snapper Sinclair, who are both on the also eligible list for Friday's $1 million Juvenile Turf, the first Breeders' Cup event of the two-day championships.
Del Mar clockers timed Tap Daddy, a son of Scat Daddy who was second, moved up via disqualification in the Grade III Bourbon at Keeneland, in :49.60 for four furlongs. Snapper Sinclair, a son of City Zip and recent winner of the $346,000 Turf Juvenile at Kentucky Downs, was tabbed in :49.80.
“Almost identical works,” Blasi said of the separate exercises under Angel Garcia. “We're trying not to do too much with them on top of the race but we're excited about getting an opportunity, hopefully, to run them.”
Entries will close and post positions will be drawn for all 13 Breeders' Cup events Monday.
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