Sunday, July 23, 2023

Wicked Halo powered past Non Violence in the final furlong of the $125,000 Twin Bridges S. on July 23 at Ellis Park to give leading Third-Crop sire Gun Runner his second stakes winner in as many days.

Wicked Halo, who has three graded wins and seven stakes wins overall after Sunday’s victory, has earned $1,297,700 for owner/breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds and trainer Steve Asmussen.

The 4-year-old filly is one of seven millionaires by Gun Runner, who is also in the top five on this year’s General Sire list.

Wicked Halo tracked the early leaders in third before coming with a wide move on the turn to vie for the lead at the top of the stretch. She tussled briefly with Non Violence before pulling away late for a 1 ¼-length win in 1:10.36 on a fast main track.

“(We were looking for prep races for) Wicked Halo and Echo Zulu (Gun Runner’s champion filly who is training at Saratoga) prior to the Ballerina (G1, in late August, also at Saratoga),” said Winchell Thoroughbreds racing manager David Fiske. “There didn’t seem to be another race Wicked Halo could get into anywhere nearby and since Steve (Asmussen) has a full barn down at Ellis we just decided to send her down there and get a race into her.”

Like Wicked Halo, her dam Just Wicked won the Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga. Just Wicked has foaled a full sibling to Wicked Halo three of the past four years.