Gun Runner worked five furlongs Feb. 13 at Oaklawn in preparation for the G3 Razorback Feb. 20
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner has been confirmed for a trip to Meydan Racecourse to contest the Dubai World Cup next month, reports bloodhorse.com. Scheduled for March 25, the $ 10 million race has also drawn the interest of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse, Arrogate.
“We’ll just try and get there as good as we can and run our race,” said David Fiske, racing manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds. “If it’s good enough to beat Arrogate, then whoopee. Otherwise, we get beaten by the best horse in the world.”
Gun Runner was forced to miss a match-up against Arrogate in the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup due to an Equine Herpesvirus outbreak at his home base of the Fair Grounds. Instead, the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride went to Oaklawn for the G3 Razorback Handicap on Feb. 20, dominating in a wire-to-wire performance that saw him win by 5 3/4 lengths. Gun Runner has continued to work impressively for trainer Steve Asmussen since that victory, convincing the connections to take a shot at the world’s second-richest race.
Fiske said that Gun Runner will leave the Fair Grounds on March 12 for Miami, then take a direct flight to Dubai.
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