Gun Runner To Target Pegasus World Cup After Classic

by | 10.18.2017 | 5:56pm
Gun Runner breezes a half-mile in :50 2/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 2

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.

  • MR.DR.

    Arrogate– THE VIDEO PROOF

    What is/was wrong with Arrogate? Why did he go off so bad? Was it the track? Was it mental?……..

    A Horseman’s view…..

    When
    you own or train a horse, you pay attn to CHANGES. Some good, some
    bad……there are some you can see in the way a horse acts, some you
    can see in the way a horse travels…..In humans, and other animals, you
    can see a “limp”………what is a “limp?”…….the “favoring” of a
    leg, or body part, that puts less pressure on the painful area………

    Horses
    are more mechanical, in the way they travel…….they literally can
    have a broken bone, and it can be hard to see……..you can notice
    slight things, from experience…..like run alongside thru the shedrow
    with the horse to notice a slight sign.

    The same thing can be seen
    in races, or workouts…..a rider can “feel” something……..or an
    expert can see little “signs” in a race or workout……..there
    literally can be hundreds of things that are “bad
    signs”……………..

    After the world cup dubai race, Arrogate
    was given a break……..coming off that break, Arrogate just looked
    “different”………

    Arrogate is my fav horse……but i knew this
    was not the horse i saw months earlier….i posted this, and was
    laughed at, ……..well, we all know what happened…….how did i
    know?…..is Arrogate FINISHED? How do we know how he will run his last
    race?

    Here is an EXPERT’S analysis, and video proof…….(site doesn’t allow links, so you will have to go back and find the works)

    Arrogate burst onto the scene, ran 4 of the some of the greatest races in history.

    He ran with his HEAD down……people commented alot about this……

    His WORKOUTS were all the same…..head way down, long loping strides….

    After
    his break of those monster races, he was back in training in the
    summer………but ARROGATE looked different……his head was not as
    far down, the angle was higher…..common sense tells you his stride was
    a little shorter…….BUT the real difference was ….every work, HIS
    HEAD WAS OUT TO THE RIGHT as he turned into stretch……not just the
    one time garcia steered his head way out, causing weird lead
    change…….THIS WAS NEW……..

    A horse turns his head out,
    because they take weight off another part of the body…..just like a
    limp, it takes pressure off a certain area……….this happened in
    july aug……even a little before dubai…….i think he showed signs
    of this before dubai…………..

    These signs are avaliable for
    all to see, on video……it was a drastic change…….and the horse
    obviously was favoring something……….it is very obvious……

    So,
    this leads us to NOW………….since Baffert gave him a month off,
    things are BACK TO NORMAL………….no more head out………his head
    his low, at a more downward angle…………

    ARROGATE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………

  • MR.DR.

    Maybe gun runner can win this one……unless this classic loss to arrogate rips his heart out……..

  • Ida Lee

    Well, the Pegasus just got a whole lot more exciting ….

  • MR.DR.

    Arrogate burst onto the scene, ran 4 of the some of the greatest races in history.
    He ran with his HEAD down……people commented alot about this……
    His WORKOUTS were all the same…..head way down, long loping strides….
    After
    his break of those monster races, he was back in training in the
    summer………but ARROGATE looked different……his head was not as
    far down, the angle was higher…..common sense tells you his stride was
    a little shorter…….BUT the real difference was ….every work, HIS
    HEAD WAS OUT TO THE RIGHT as he turned into stretch……not just the
    one time garcia steered his head way out, causing weird lead
    change…….THIS WAS NEW……..
    A horse turns his head out, because
    they take weight off another part of the body…..just like a limp, it
    takes pressure off a certain area……….this happened in july
    aug……even a little before dubai…….i think he showed signs of
    this before dubai…………..
    These signs are avaliable for all to
    see, on video……it was a drastic change…….and the horse obviously
    was favoring something……….it is very obvious……
    So, this
    leads us to NOW………….since Baffert gave him a month off, things
    are BACK TO NORMAL………….no more head out………his head his
    low, at a more downward angle…………
    ARROGATE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GarlandTex

    Will Gun Runner still go to the Pegasus after Arrogate beats him again?

    • cincybulljags

      Will Gun Runner still go to the Pegasus after West Coast beats him? I fixed that for you/lol.

      • Julie L.

        The question is will Gun Runner go to the Dubai World Cup after winning the Breeders Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup after beating Arrogate, West Coast and Collected in both races? ;)

        • Minnesota Kid

          love the confidence-
          just one correction-gun runner will not defeat arrogate in the pwc because arrogate is retiring after the bcc.

      • Monrovia Damon

        Love these types of fun banter :)

        • cincybulljags

          Me, too. :)

  • McGov

    Interesting announcement prior to BC.
    Wonder if Arrogate can also be enticed? Huge upside if he repeats in both BC and Pegasus.

    • Up the track Jacks

      Juddmonte are breeders. In a few years they could have Frankel and Arrogate mares crossing. Possibilities are endless.

  • Harry Plummer

    Just love that photograph of Gun Runner flying through the air!

    • ctgreyhound

      GR’s “float & gloat” look should be trademarked. No one does it quite like him. He looks ten feet tall (as in towering over the competition). All business all the time. Love this horse no matter what.

      • Monrovia Damon

        I’m with you. There’s something about a horse that you can root for and follow not just in its prep and 3yo career. Love Gun Runner

  • Beau Geste

    I suppose one should never assume when it comes to horse racing, but I expected Gun Runner to compete in the Pegasus. I would be happy if it is the same field we’re looking at for the Classic. I really think this could be a “classic” Classic and the Pegasus could be the rematch.

  • Monrovia Damon

    Great news on the Gun Runner front! It was a shame he missed out last year due to the quarantine. I admire this horse and his connections

  • Audrey Gulla

    Just the fact they’re ‘hinting’ @ a fifth season for this wonderful horse will have me grinning throughout the w/e!!!!!!!

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