Saturday, November 4, 2017

Gun Runner Wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Gun Runner won Saturday's Breeders' Cup  Classic at Del Mar, after  dueling  for  the lead with Collected for almost the entire  race.

Collected finished second and was followed by West Coast, War Story and Arrogate.

Gun Runner won the 1 1/4 mile dirt stakes in 2:01.29.  Florent Geroux rode Gun Runner for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Gun Runner was the 2-1 second betting  choice and Arrogate was the 9-5 favorite in the 11-horse field

Arrogate, in post 1, took an awkward step coming out of the gate and was never in contention.
Arrogate won las t year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa  Anita.

Prior to Saturday's race, trainer Bob Baffert said it would be the last for the 4-year-old Arrogate.

The Breeders' Cup win was the fourth in a row  for GHun Runner--all in Grade 1 stakes.

The victory  almost guarantees that Gun Runner will win the 20217 Eclipse award as Horse  of the Year.
--Jim Freer

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