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Gun Runner wins Breeders' Cup Classic in Style

Gun RunnerWhat was supposed to be an epic duel between Arrogate and Gun Runner turned into a tour de force for Gun Runner as he set blistering fractions through every call and then pulled away in the stretch to record a 2 ¼-length victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on the second and final day of the World Championships at Del Mar Racetrack.
 
Arrogate, in the final start of a career in which he departs as North America’s all-time leading earner, showed none of his renowned late kick and finished in a dead-heat for fifth as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 11.
 
“What an awesome feeling this is,” said trainer Steve Asmussen after Gun Runner beat Arrogate following losses to him in the horses’ first two meetings. “I’m the lucky trainer of the Horse of the Year.”
 
There’s little doubt over that as Gun Runner clinched the crown by winning his fourth straight Grade 1 stakes after finishing second to Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1) in late March. In those four wins, Gun Runner cruised to victory by a combined margin of 24 ¾ lengths.
 
“This (win) means a lot,” said jockey Florent Geroux after his fourth Breeders’ Cup win and first in the BC Classic. “It’s the biggest win of my career.”
 

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