Gun Runner dominates Louisiana Derby (G2)
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Three Chimneys Farm’s and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner set himself up as a top contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) with an overwhelming performance in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds, dominating the field of 3-year-olds by 4 ½-lengths.

Gun Runner broke nicely from his rail post, settling behind Candy My Boy in third. After a half-mile in :48.24, Florent Geroux guided Gun Runner off the rail to make his bid for the lead. Swinging into the stretch, Gun Runner assumed command and began to draw away. He was up three lengths in mid-stretch and kept widening to the wire, getting the 1 1/8-miles in 1:51.06.

"He's a very quality horse," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "We're very excited about the race he ran today and looking forward to his next race."

Gun Runner has won four of his five lifetime starts, with his only loss coming over a sloppy racetrack. Winner of the Risen Star S. (G2) last month, Gun Runner has now earned $906,920.

Gun Runner earned 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, upping his total to 151, which tops the current leader board.
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