Soon-to-be Horse of the Year Gun Runner is back on the track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and enjoying taking it easy in The Big Easy. The Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm-owned 4-year-old colt is expected to make his next start in the Grade I $16-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in late January, his final race before retiring to Three Chimneys for stud duty.
Per trainer Steve Asmussen's assistant Scott Blasi, Gun Runner will likely have his first in a series of works leading up to said event on Sunday, Dec. 3, at the New Orleans oval.
Last out, the son of Candy Ride (Arg) was a rousing victor in the Grade I $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic, getting revenge on world champion Arrogate and likely stealing both Horse of the Year and Champion Older Horse titles from said Bob Baffert trainee. Based locally each of the last three winters, the chestnut charge won both of his tries over the Fair Grounds surface, including a dominant performance in the 2016 Grade II $1-million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby.
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