Woodward Stakes (G1) winner Gun Runner emerged from his victory in great standing, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.
“He came back perfect,” said Asmussen. “We’re on a fun ride, He’s won three grade 1s since he came back from Dubai—three grade 1s by over 22 something lengths. He’s the best one in the barn. What makes these horses great is how they compete on the racetrack. I never thought it was fair to compare horses that didn’t get to defend themselves.”
As Asmussen said, Gun Runner has won three G1 races in a row — the Woodward Stakes, the Stephen Foster Handicap, and the Whitney Stakes. He’s won four-of-five 2017 races, with the fourth win coming in the Razorback Handicap (G3). The only race he did not win this year was the Dubai World Cup (G1), in which he finished second to Arrogate.
The four-year-old Gun Runner has been quite the productive racehorse lately. He has not finished worse than second in any of his eight races, one of which was a second-place result in last year’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
Asmussen was pleased with the Woodward win and next up for Gun Runner is the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
“Absolutely, because of the circumstances of the race—more pace in the race, three quarters in :10, and still finished up great,” said Asmussen. “It’s more taxing, but it’s perfect because of the nine-week break we have for the Breeders’ Cup.”
Gun Runner’s Breeders’ Cup experience is limited to his second-place finish in the 2016 Dirt Mile. Following the Woodward win, Gun Runner now sports a record of 10-3-2 in 17 starts, earning $5,738,500.