USA: Gun Runner makes level 1 breakthrough


Gun Runner charges to triumph at Churchill Downs

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 By Nicholas Godfrey 10:34AM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: USA, Friday

Churchill Downs: Clark Hcap (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 3yo+

So constant in top-level races, leading three-year-old Gun Runner (Steve Asmussen/Florent Geroux) got the greater of his elders to finally land his very first Grade 1 success by simply making all inside Clark.

Third within the Kentucky Derby and 2nd at the Breeders’ Cup, Gun Runner had been sent down 21-10 favourite the $500,000 occasion. With expected front-runner Noble Bird lacking the break, Gun Runner went directly to the front through the inside post and got an uncontested lead before drawing away to rating by nearly three lengths over longshot Breaking fortunate.

“He deserved this – i am so pleased with him,” Asmussen stated. “he is held his energy and their weight with all the 1000s of kilometers he is travelled in 2010 regarding phases which he’s been on.”

This past year’s champion Hoppertunity could finish just fourth now, with old competing Effinex two more places right back.

“For him to beat this present year’s Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup winners at the conclusion of his three-year-old year i believe talks wonderful things for him,” included Asmussen. “We saw an extraordinary horse overcome a fantastic field. With all the level 1 winners he’s beaten as well as for this to be their very first Grade 1, i’m really confident it will not be his final.”

The champion’s connections said the inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in January is really a possibility.

Also on Friday

Churchill Downs: Mrs. Revere Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f, turf, 3yo fillies

Trainer Ian Wilkes, who had a treble regarding the Thursday card and another in early stages Friday, took his tally within Thanksgiving week-end conference to five as progressive filly Linda (Ian Wilkes/Brian Hernandez) put away Harmonize by two . 5 lengths.