Gun Runner Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic in Decisive Fashion
By Derek Simon
For much of the year, the Horse of the Year debate was no debate at all. It was Arrogate and everybody else. After a scintillating performance in the Dubai World Cup, Bob Baffert’s stable star was the horse that every other horse wanted to be when it grew up. He was American Pharoah; he was Cigar; he was Secretariat.
Meanwhile, Gun Runner, a colt Arrogate easily dispatched in the desert, did his best impression of Al Davis, the late owner of the Oakland Raiders: he just won, baby. After a second-place showing in Dubai, the son of Candy Ride reeled off three straight Grade I victories — each by five lengths or more, culminating in a performance in the Woodward that was arguably the best of his career.
Yet, when the gates sprung open for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it was obviously Dubai that lingered in bettors’ minds, as Arrogate was made the 2.1-1 favorite. But right from the start it was obvious that today was… (more)