Saturday, November 11, 2023

Wicked Halo was at her best in the $300,000 Dream Supreme S. on Nov. 11 at Churchill Downs, moving swiftly from fourth to first at the top of the stretch to give the 4-year-old daughter of Gun Runner eighth lifetime stakes victory.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC filly is now headed to the breeding shed following an incredible career than earned her $1,579,400, three graded stakes wins, and a remarkable 16 top-three black type finishes in 18 lifetime starts.

Wicked Halo got a perfect trip in Saturday’s career finale. She sat behind the front runners for a half-mile, then when asked at the top of the stretch, the gray filly shot between horses and took command. She was geared down late to finish the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.97.

“I’m unbelievably proud of her. This was her swan song and she’ll head off to the broodmare band,” Asmussen said. “She’s run some great races for us, even being third in the Breeders’ Cup herself. We thought this was the right spot and I’m just happy to see her leave the racetrack the winner we know she is.”

Wicked Halo retires as one of nine millionaires by Gun Runner. 2023 has been a stellar year for the Three Chimneys stallion; he leads the Third-Crop Sire list by a wide margin and is third on the General Sire list with just under $16 million in progeny earnings.