Preparing for a tilt in Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup, Three Chimneys Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds' Gun Runner breezed just after 5 a.m. Monday morning at the Meydan Racecourse. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride covered four furlongs in 49 4/5 seconds under exercise rider Carlos Rosas, who also exercised 2008 Dubai World Cup winner Curlin for trainer Steve Asmussen.
“He's little but he's all heart,” said Rosas. “He can really run.”
Assistant trainer Scott Blasi accompanied Gun Runner for his work aboard a stable pony, parking out near the wire to see the end of the breeze.
“We thought he got over the track beautifully,” Blasi told drf.com. “We're really happy how he has taken the trip and settled in. He even took a little nap before lunch today, which is his everyday routine back home.”
The late-maturing Gun Runner will face a full field of 13 other horses in the World Cup, including the top-rated horse in the world, Arrogate. Gun Runner scored his first Grade 1 win last fall, besting older horses in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs after many of his fellow Triple Crown competitors had already retired for the season. Despite missing the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park due to an Equine Herpesvirus outbreak at his winter base of the Fair Grounds, Gun Runner was able to get in a solid prep race in the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap, winning easily by 5 3/4 lengths.
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