Gun Runner ‘Playing Coming Off The Track’ After Five Furlong Breeze Monday

by | 10.09.2017 | 5:49pm
Gun Runner breezes a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 2

Gun Runner, expected to vie for favoritism with Arrogate in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 4, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Monday in 1:01.60.

“He had good rhythm, looked good and felt good coming off the race track,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen, who was on hand for the 6:45 a.m. drill.

“He'll do more next week.”

Asmussen was on hand for the work, according to

“Looks like Gun Runner,” Asmussen said. “He's playing coming off the track like you'd expect him to act before the work. That's who he is, thank goodness.”

Defending Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arrogate is scheduled to work Tuesday for Bob Baffert, who sent Breeders' Cup Sprint favorite Drefong four furlongs under Martin Garcia Monday in 47.40 and Distaff contender Abel Tasman four furlongs in 48.60.

Drefong went in company with Show Me Da Lute, who was timed in 47.80.

Mick Ruis, trainer of unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d'Oro, said the bay Medaglia d'Oro colt would breeze the next two Sundays.

  • Ida Lee

    Thanks for the photo of the gorgeous Gun Runner…love to see a TB in flight …he’s my favorite for the Classic …. GR is truly one of the best of his generation ….

    • Kathie

      I agree

  • Very balanced indivudal and quite corect.
    anyone else notoice how paralell to the grond the off hind is ? Dont always get a picture whith that many references in the background. Head on also tells a good story … GR is going to be hard to beat IMO

  • David Worley

    Gun Runner and his connections deserve a lot of credit for being able to compete at such a high level for so long. Both the quality and longevity of his career (thus far) is a model in a sport that generally cashes in at the first good opportunity. Particular kudos need to go out to Ron Winchell for keeping this colt on the track and I hope he continues to do so for as long as GR is competitive.

    • Ida Lee

      Beautifully stated ….agree 100% ….

      • David Worley

        Thanks Ida.

  • Marlaine Meeker

    I have been in love with GR for a long time and always felt he would come into his own. Go little firecracker.

  • Olebobbowers

    “Looks like Gun Runner,” Asmussen said. “He’s playing coming off the track like you’d expect him to act before the work. That’s who he is, thank goodness.” This, compared to Arrogate’s demeanor where he looked more like he’d worked 1 1/4 miles as he left the track, lathered up as well as listless, following a slow 1/2 mile work in company, with a leading jockey aboard, as he dragged himself to the where he was lip chained, as his demeanor went even further downhill with each painful snatch. Gun Runner is lovin’ life, thank God!

    • artistinwax

      Is Arrogate sick? Why is he so unhappy?

      • Olebobbowers

        Well, there are so many different causes for him to go off form as he has. Baffart has been busted many times for use of drugs on his horses. Being a lifelong horseman, allow me a certainty from my observations. That would be when it comes to certain trainers that have been busted for using drugs on their horses…’Once a drug user, always a drug user.’ Drugs, legal or illegal, present inconsistencies in horses reactions. Add in the depressing way poor Arrogate gets treated by his handlers when he finally gets out of his stall after being confined to it for 23 hours a day, rather than providing him some form of joy, such a having a sand pit for him to roll in, which, btw, kudos to trainer Art Sherman for being on top of keeping California Chromes moral up. Too many non-horsemen trainers haven’t a clue as to the importance of treating horses with loving care. It certainly builds confidence that obviously allows them to enjoy life. Just ask the team in control of Winx! I predicted that baffart wouldn’t run Arrogate in the BCC, and now I read that Arrogate will retire after the BC! Does that place me within one day of being correct, lol? I still feel the announcement of just one more race before retirement, may well be just to soften the blow when they also decide to announce he shall retire before the BC. ~

        • Your scaring me man.. Horses need to have fun, be horses and have some enjoyment ?
          Sadly thats for the most part a lost art

          Hwodathunkit happy horses win races 😁

          • Olebobbowers

            Happiness is a winning ‘drug’, and it never shows in post race tests. I loved beating those drug using trainers with happy, confident horses. Very seldom did I ever lose a photo, cos they’d grit it out in return for the loving care I’d share on a daily basis. Man does it feel great watching your horse show extreme courage due to happy confidence.

          • I once new a lady that placed her wager based on how happy the horse looked. She would be at the walking ring and sadling padoc calling her husband at the window. They did very well, and she was the type to cuss out a trainer if the hors was not looking good or when they bang on the lead to much. it was salor words with no reservation of expletives. Got her escotred off a time or two

          • artistinwax

            That’s a good story!

          • Large lady of german decent. I had to put down green outdoor carpet (astro turf) in the shed row. Nice lady but man oh man when she got mad she was mad allover. I could here her coming from the back side gate

          • artistinwax

            I just love all the stories about the things that go on around horses. It is a little microcosm of the World at large. Money, elegant animals, bettors, jockeys, competition, breeding …. I could read about and listen to it all day long. Thank you for the grins!

        • artistinwax

          23 hours a day in a small space for a horse is like solitary confinement. I am so surprised that a horse that has won so much money has not also won the privilege of being quartered on a farm where he has a paddock, a sand pit, a groom that takes personal care of him, plus a rider who can take him out in a countryside for walks in nature. A place like that should have a training track so that he can really let loose with speed for exercise. If he has been receiving drugs, “if”, he may be depressed resulting from what kind, how much and how often. I hope his life isn’t as awful as it sounds, but a young stallion, in the wild, has something to do, can exercise or not depending on his own decision, has to think …. if Arrogate is imprisoned I don’t wonder now that he just doesn’t sulk and refuse to run. I will look up how Winx is trained and kept happy. Wow!

        • Erin Casseday

          And Asmussen hasn’t? Had drug violations that is. So by your statement that once a drug user always a drug user then you are saying the same about him (Asmussen).

        • Marlaine Meeker

          How do you stand on the use of Lasix Olebobblowers? Thank you.

      • Olebobbowers

        I know exactly from where you speak Artistinwax, reason being I have served as Resident Manager/Trainer on several farm/training centers, and I have seen, and been a major part of miracles that testify what freshening in the serene setting of all you describe. (plus add in swimming pool) I need go no further than my hero, Wild Again. I designed a plan to bring him up to a return at the track. He had never won a Stake before he came under my loving care. Pretty sure he might’ve won a few afterward though;) I also rehabbed Interco, a horse that won 7 consecutive Graded Stakes, including the Santa Anita Hcp. To see baffart totally oblivious to allowing a horse to enjoy life, freaks me out. How freakin dumb are his wealthy owners that don’t realize what they are missing. It disgusts me to see non-horseman trainers take over our sport. Example; Todd Pletcher ran 3 of the seven horse field, horses in the Jockey Gold Cup at Belmont a couple days ago, and only salvaged one second, his other two were not even 4th! That is disgraceful! Those trainers have our sport in critical condition, and owners haven’t a clue of how their trainers lack plain ole common horse sense. BTW, Winx gets to swim everyday ;*)

        • Cuffdaddy

          Interco, brings back memories.

        • mingo

          More about Winx please…

  • Monrovia Damon

    Love Gun Runner — honest horse who always gives a game effort on race day. Was pulling for him after the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby and he’s just blossomed into a damn fine racehorse

    • ctgreyhound

      There is something to be said for a horse that develops into a fine running machine as opposed to those that come out gangbusters on day one. It’s been satisfying to watch Gun Runner come into his own. He is such a fine effortless mover. Whether he win or loses the Classic you know he will give it his best shot. The little horse with the big heart.

      • Monrovia Damon

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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