Gunnevera ‘Easily’ Fires Another Bullet At Gulfstream Park West

by | 10.22.2017 | 4:23pm
Gunnevera

Multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera topped the worktab for the fourth consecutive time Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park West, where the Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under Edgard Zayas

The son of Dialed In turned in the fastest of 16 recorded workouts at the distance in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 4.

“Everything went as we planned it and the horse breezed very well, I didn't ask him and he did it easily. The gallop-out was very good,” said Zayas, who has the mount aboard Gunnevera for the Classic. “He is getting better and better. I'm very happy with him.”

Gunnevera is scheduled to work once more at Gulfstream Park West before shipping to Southern California Oct. 28.

Gunnevera hasn't raced since finishing second in the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Margoth's stretch-running colt was 11th during the early going of the 12-horse Travers before making a sweeping move on the turn into the homestretch to engage front-running West Coast at the top of the stretch. West Coast edged away to a 3 ¼-length triumph, but Gunnevera easily held second, 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Irap.

The Kentucky-bred colt captured the 2016 Saratoga Special (G2) and closed out his 2-year-old campaign with a 5 ¾-length triumph in the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3).

The Sano trainee launched his 2017 campaign with a second-place finish behind Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream before closing from last to win the Fountain of Youth (G2) going away by 5 ¾ lengths. In the Florida Derby (G1), Gunnevera dropped back to last after breaking from the far-outside post position before making a strong run to finish third behind Always Dreaming. He subsequently finished seventh behind that rival in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Gunnevera went on to finish fifth in the Preakness Stakes (G1) before being given a 2 ½-month break from action. He prepped for the Travers with a commanding five-length triumph in the $100,000 Tangelo Stakes at Gulfstream Aug. 6, when Zayas rode him for the first time.”

  • chasingfiringline

    I believe Gunnevera will be a Top 3 finisher for the BCC❤️🏇

    • Ida Lee

      Agree ….. Gunny looks fabulous ….

      • chasingfiringline

        Gunns is holding his weight. Sano’s horses look sooooo good on race day at gulfstream. Even if they don’t win they sure look like winners.🐎

      • Stephen Amitrano

        Great to see him mature. Gonna have a great 4 year old campaign.

  • dennis mcgarry

    He will run them all down, and win the Classic!

    • Stephen Amitrano

      From ur mouth to God’s ear. Lol

  • Dave Tilson

    “Multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera topped the worktab for the fourth consecutive time Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park West, where the Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under Edgard Zayas

    The son of Dialed In turned in the fastest of 16 recorded workouts at the distance in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 4.”

    According to Equibase, there indeed were 16 horses that worked 5 furlongs at Calder (GPW) Sunday morning. Three were unraced 2yos, and 11 of the other 13 were trained by…..(drumroll please)….Antonio Sano. Should we be impressed that Gunnavera (who was a KY Derby contender) worked faster than 10 of his lower-level claiming-type stablemates? LOL

    I guess the story wouldn’t have as much interest if the title read “Gunnavera one of 11 Sano trainees to work 5 furlongs this morning”.

    • David Juffet

      It’s not like he’s Chalk Dave. Why the put down? Hes been a game competitor since day one. He’ll out run his odds, take that to the bank. Look for him far turn, needs a clean trip.

  • Al Milano

    This is a nice, nice horse. I think it is very sporting of his connections to make the trip West, but I don’t think he has a real shot in the race. There are entries who have more speed than he does and others who can close just as strongly if not more so. I see him getting caught in the middle of the field at the finish…..a waste of a good race.

  • ctgreyhound

    This is the best picture of Gunnevera ever. His coat is a deeper, more intense shade than Gun Runner’s, but the color looks to be compatible. Hoping he makes a big impact in the Classic.

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