Gun Runner has top weanling at Fasig-Tipton November
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Gun Runner's $750,000 filly, hip No. 219 - Fasig-Tipton photo

A weanling by Horse of the Year Gun Runner sold for $750,000 during the Nov. 5 Fasig-Tipton November sale, the top price for a weanling by any sire during the one-day auction.

One of the last hips through the ring, hip No. 219, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, went to Mike Ryan, agent. 

The bay filly is out of Love and Pride, winner of the Personal Ensign S. (G1) and Zenyatta S. (G1). 
She has produced three foals, all multiple winners. The subject filly's third dam is Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner at two and the dam of champion 3-year-old Bernardini.

“She's got plenty of racing potential, broodmare potential if she does what we hope she can do on the racetrack,” said Ryan after the purchase. “She was outstanding. It's the first time seeing these Gun Runners. I've seen several here and at Keeneland as well who are nice. He was a hell of a racehorse, and she's from a great family out of a great mare.”

Three Chimneys bred the weanling filly.

“I need to go back and see him again--the last time I saw him was when he was out of training at Three Chimneys,” Ryan said of Gun Runner. “He looked magnificent then, but the thing that impressed me about him was the way he moved on the racetrack. He moved like a cheetah; his feet barely touched the ground.”

Gun Runner has bred a total of 337 mares in his first two seasons at stud. His 2020 fee has been announced at $70,000, stands and nurses. He can be seen daily, along with all the other Three Chimneys stallions, through Friday at the farm's open house.
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