According to a press release from Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm, co-owners of multiple Grade 1 winner Gun Runner, the 4-year-old is expected to target the $16 million Pegasus World Cup in early 2018.
Gun Runner is currently on track to contest the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar in November, and his ownership said Wednesday a decision on the beginning of his stud career will be made following that race. The earner of over $5 million could retire after the Pegasus and begin breeding in the 2018 season, or may put in another year on the track.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Gun Runner will come to the Breeders' Cup off three straight Grade 1 wins in the Woodward, Whitney, and Stephen Foster. In last year's Breeders' Cup, the son of Candy Ride (ARG) finished second in the Dirt Mile behind Tamarkuz. He has not finished off the board since a fifth-place run in the 2016 Haskell Invitational.
Gun Runner has been training at Santa Anita Park and is projected to put in his final Breeders' Cup workout at Del Mar.
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