Saturday, June 24, 2023

Gun Runner’s brilliant filly Society was at her best in Saturday’s Chicago S. (G3) at Ellis Park, rolling to a 10 ¾-length win in track record time.

The 4-year-old, who won the Cotillion (G1) and Charles Town Oaks (G3) last year, is now 6-0-1 in 10 starts and has earned $1,334,535 for owner/breeder Peter Blum Thoroughbreds LLC.

Society broke very alertly in the seven-furlong Chicago and had a half-length on Drifaros after a quarter-mile in:22.21. She started to widen her margin going into the turn and was up about five lengths on Grade 1 winner Matareya turning for home. Society continued to pour it on in the stretch, and despite easing up nearing the wire, established a new track record of 1:20.54 on fast track.

Trainer Steve Asmussen said the Cotillion was Society’s “…best race until today. It is good to see her back in that rhythm. She has an unbelievably high cruising speed and when she is that comfortable, it’s very impressive how fast she continues to go.”

Society adds to what is another banner year for Gun Runner, who currently leads the Third-Crop Sire list by a wide margin with over $7.3 million in progeny earnings, a figure that puts him in the top five on the 2023 General Sire list as well.