Thursday, September 09, 2021

Fresh off a spectacular weekend with a pair of Grade 1 winners, Gun Runner tallied two more maiden special weight winners on Wednesday.

Gun Runner is not only the leading First-Crop sire in North America, but he is also the Leading Sires of 2-year-olds by any stallion with progeny earnings of more than $1.3 million to date.

Gun Runner’s Wednesday winners were Mystique Saboteur at Indiana Grand and Hern at Remington Park.

Mystique Saboteur won her 5 1/2-furlong sprint by nearly three lengths, making a wide move into the stretch while coming from off the pace to win going away under a hand ride. The chestnut filly is owned by Rebel Thoroughbreds and bred by Gulf Coast Stables. Mystique Saboteur is out of the Grade 2-placed Distorted Humor mare Jemima’s Pearl.

At Remington, Hern was a five-length winner in a one-mile race, leading the entire trip and drawing clear smartly in the stretch to win with ease.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for L and N Racing LLC, Hern was bred in Kentucky by Charles Chu and purchased by his owner for $155,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearlings sale.