Gun Runner Goes For Fourth Grade 1 in Woodward
By Jordan Sigmon
Since the turn of the century, Saratoga’s Woodward Stakes (G1) has played host to six Horse of the Year winners (Saint Liam, Ghostzapper, Mineshaft, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, and Havre de Grace) and two Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winners (Saint Liam and Ghostzapper). With his chief rival for both of those titles (Arrogate) having lost his last two races, Gun Runner will look to take his winning streak to three in this year’s Woodward in hopes of joining that elite group.
Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm and trained by Steve Asmussen, Gun Runner will also be in search of his fourth Grade I victory.
One of the leading three-year-old colts last year, Gun Runner missed an intended start in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) when his winter base, Fair Grounds Racetrack, was quarantined due to an EHV-1 outbreak. Unaffected by the virus itself, the son of Candy Ride continued to… (more)