• Candy Ride (ARG) - Quiet Giant, by Giant's Causeway
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  • Height: 16.1 ½
  • Entered Stud: 2018
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Six first-crop G1 winners, including Preakness champion Early Voting and Breeders’ Cup champion Echo Zulu

2023 racing: GUNITE, winner of the King Cotton S. and runner-up in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint (G3); ARI OAKLEY, winner of the Bold Ego H.; Bendoog, runner-up in the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (G1); Guns n’ Graces, runner-up in the Davona Dale S. (G2); Red Route One, runner-up in the Rebel S. (G2) and the Southwest S. (G3); RUNNINSONOFAGUN, runner-up in the Tom Fool H. (G3); Pulchitrude (JPN), placed in the Flower Cup (G3); Grand Love, placed in the Honeybee S. (G3); etc.

2023 sales: a 2YO sold for $400,000 at OBS March

#1 Sire of 3-Year-Olds in 2022—$13,423,330 in progeny earnings

#1 General Sire of 2022 by %G1SWs, %GSWs, %BTWs, %G1SHs, %GSHs, %BTHs

2022 racing: TAIBA, winner of the Malibu S. (G1), the Santa Anita Derby (G1), and the Pennsylvania Derby (G1); CYBERKNIFE, winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), the Haskell S. (G1), and the Matt Winn S. (G3), runner-up in the Travers S. (G1), placed in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1); EARLY VOTING, winner of the Preakness S. (G1) and the Withers S. (G3); SOCIETY, winner of the Cotillion S. (G1) and the Charles Town Oaks (G3); GUNITE, winner of the Amsterdam S. (G2) and runner-up in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. (G1); ECHO ZULU, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and the Dogwood S. (G3); WICKED HALO, winner of the Raven Run S. (G2), the Tepin S. and the Leslie’s Lady Overnight S.; SIXTYTHREECALIBER, winner of the Comely S. (G3) and the Seneca Overnight S.; RUNNINSONOFAGUN, winner of the Bold Ruler S. (G3) and runner-up in the Dwyer S. (G3), placed in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. (G1); etc.

2022 sales: Yearlings sold for $2,300,000, $1,500,000, $1,400,000, $1,200,000, $1,150,000, $1,100,000, $1,050,000, etc.; Weanlings sold for $675,000, $625,000, $550,000, $550,000, $490,000, $425,000, $400,000, etc. 2YOs sold for $600,000, $525,000, $485,000, $400,000, etc.

Champion First-Crop Sire by every category—set a new record for progeny earnings by a first-crop sire: over $4.3 million

#1 Sire of 2YOs in 2021 by earnings, BTWs, GSWs, G1Ws, G1Hs, and wins

31 first-crop winners, including: undefeated Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Filly ECHO ZULU, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Frizette S. (G1) and Spinaway S. (G1) and earned a 92 Beyer in her debut; GUNITE, winner of the Hopeful S. (G1) and runner-up in the Saratoga Special (G2); PAPPACAP, winner of the Best Pal S. (G2) and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and American Pharoah (G1); WICKED HALO, winner of the Adirondack S. (G2) and placed in the Debutante S.; etc.

2017 Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Champion

Capped his brilliant career with a dominating win in the world’s richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup (G1)

Retired with earnings of $15,988,500

Gun Runner

Can’t tell you the level of appreciation I have for him. Because very few horses accept the amount of pressure that was applied to him. Especially in the style in which he did it.

— trainer Steve Asmussen on Gun Runner’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win


Candy Ride's leading earner and best son

Out of a Grade 2-winning half-sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam

Graded Stakes Wins:

$16,000,000 Pegasus World Cup (G1)
$6,000,000 Breeders Cup Classic (G1)
$1,200,000 Whitney S. (G1)
$750,000 Woodward S. (G1)
$500,000 Stephen Foster H. (G1)
$500,000 Clark H. (G1)
$1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2)
$400,000 Risen Star S. (G2)
$500,000 Razorback H. (G3)
$100,000 Matt Winn S. (G3)

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Race Record

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (sp) 3rd (sp) Earnings
2 3 2 0 0 $66,920
3 9 4 (4) 2 (2) 2 (2) $1,970,880
4 6 5 (5) 1 (1) 0 $6,950,700
5 1 1 (1) 0 0 $7,000,000
19 12(10) 3(3) 2(2) $15,988,500


At 2: Won

A maiden special weight at Churchill Downs (8f in 1:37.83 by ¾ lengths, defeating Gametown, Gray Sky, Blame the Caddie, My Majestic Flight, Paschal, Hint of Roses, Arcus)

An allowance at Keeneland (8.5f in 1:44.69 by 2 lengths, defeating Uncle Jerry, Rafting, Bandwidth, One Fine Dream, Meeteetse Fly, Smart Moon, He’s From Queens)


At 3: Won

Clark H. at Churchill Downs (G1, 9f in 1:48.50, by 2 ¾ lengths, defeating Breaking Lucky, Shaman Ghost, Hoppertunity, Hawaakom, Effinex, Noble Bird, Are You Kidding Me, Prayer for Relief, Mr. Z) [WATCH RACE]

Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds (G2, 8.5f in 1:43.94, defeating Forevamo, Mo Tom, Candy My Boy, Zapperini, In Equality, Tom’s Ready, Its All Relevant, Bistraya, Airoforce, Uncle Walter) [WATCH RACE]

Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (G2, 9f in 1:51.06, by 4 ½ lengths, defeating Tom’s Ready, Dazzling Gem, Mo Tom, Forevamo, Candy My Boy, Greenpointcrusader, Conquest Windycity, Uncle Walter, Battery) [WATCH RACE]

Matt Winn S. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8.5 in 1:41.12, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Gray Sky, Texas Chrome, Virtual Machine, Yo Carm, Cutacorner) [WATCH RACE]


At 3: 2nd

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, to Tamarkuz, defeating Accelerate, Dortmund, Tom’s Ready, Point Piper, Vyjack, Runhappy, Texas Chrome) 

Pennsylvania Derby at Parx (G2, 9f, to Connect, defeating Wild About Deb, My Man Sam, Awesome Slem, Nyquist, Exaggerator, Cupid, Summer Revolution, Discreet Lover, Sunny Ridge, Hit It Once More)


At 3: 3rd

Kentucky Derby  at Churchill Downs (G1, 10f, to Nyquist and Exaggerator, defeating Mohaymen, Suddenbreakingnews, Destin, Brody’s Cause, etc.)

Travers S.  at Saratoga (G1, 10f, to Arrogate and American Freedom, defeating Gift Box, Governor Malibu, Connect, etc.)


At 4: Won

Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar (G1, 10f in 2:01.29, by 2 ¼ lengths, defeating Collected, West Coast, War Story, Arrogate, Gunnevera, Churchill (IRE), Mubtaahij (IRE), War Decree, Pavel, Win The Space) [WATCH RACE]

Woodward S. at Saratoga (G1, 9f in 1:47.43, by 10 ¼ lengths, defeating Rally Cry, Neolithic, War Story, Discreet Lover) [WATCH RACE]

Whitney S. at Saratoga (G1, 9f in 1:47.71, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Keen Ice, Breaking Lucky, War Story, Discreet Lover, Tu Brutus (CHI), Cautious Giant) [WATCH RACE]

Stephen Foster H. at Churchill Downs (G1, 9f in 1:47.56, by 7 lengths, defeating Honorable Duty, Breaking Lucky, Hawaakom, Stanford, Texas Chrome, Mo Tom, Bird Song) [WATCH RACE]

Razorback H. at Oaklawn Park (G3, 8.5f in 1:40.97,  by 5 ¾ lengths, defeating Hawaakom, Domain’s Rap, Goats Town, Smack Smack, Blue Tone) [WATCH RACE]


At 4: 2nd

Dubai World Cup  at Meydan (G1, 10f in 2:02.15, to Arrogate, defeating Neolithic, Mubtaahij (IRE), Awardee, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Lani, etc)


At 5: Won

Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park (G1, 9f in 1:47.41, by 2 ½ lengths, defeating West Coast, Gunnevera, Fear the Cowboy, Seeking the Soul, Stellar Wind, Collected, Sharp Azteca, Giant Expectations, War Story, Singing Bullet, Toast of New York) [WATCH RACE]

At 4: Won
At 4: Won
At 4: Won

Progeny Photos


Gunite splashes to easy King Cotton S. victory

Gunite made a successful 4-year-old debut Saturday at Oaklawn Park, drawing off in the final furlong to win the $150,000 ...

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Ari Oakley is Gun Runner’s first stakes winner of 2023

Ari Oakley kicked off 2023 with the first stakes win of her career on Jan. 8 with a hard-fought victory ...

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Taiba scorches foes in Grade 1 Malibu S.

Gun Runner’s brilliant 3-year-old colt Taiba staked his claim for championship honors with a dominating win in the $300,000 Malibu ...

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