Gun Runner (Candy Ride) and jockey Florent Geroux win the Whitney (Gr I) at Saratoga
Multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner put in his final breeze Monday morning before Saturday’s Grade 1, $ 750,000 Woodward for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.
The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride worked four furlongs in 50.16 seconds on the Oklahoma training track with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard, which Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said was a solid work.
“It was just an easy half-mile the week of; I love how he’s moving,” Asmussen said. “We’ve been very fortunate with the weather. It’s been nice, cool mornings and everyone is feeling good. We’re hoping to have a smooth rest of the week for him.”
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys‘ Gun Runner put in his third breeze on the Saratoga training track since winning the Grade 1 Whitney on August 5. The ultra-consistent Kentucky bred has finished on the board in all but two of his 16 career starts.
Of Gun Runner’s nine wins, seven have come against graded stakes competition, including back-to-back Grade 1s in the Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 and the Whitney earlier this month.
“We’ve talked about him quite a bit, how he just spoils us with his consistency,” Asmussen said. “He’s a very generous horse in the mornings. I thought Angel did a great job with him. He went around real smooth.”
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