Grade one winner Gun Runner put in his final work in preparation for the August 5th Whitney Stakes (G1) by breezing a half-mile at Saratoga Race Course on the morning of July 30. He was timed completing the workout in :49.33.
The training session took place on the course’s Okalahoma training track. The four-year-old colt was timed at fractions of :12 4/5 and :25 1/5. He galloped to five furlongs in 1:03 1/5.
“I thought he worked good. He always works well,” said trainer Steve Asmussen. “He’s a nice horse and (it was) more of the same. He’s a very generous workhorse. The weather’s been ideal. I think we’ve been lucky with it so far. Obviously there’s a pretty good chance of rain for the Whitney, but that’s out of our hands. We’ll see how he handles everything.”
Gun Runner is coming off an impressive seven-length victory performance in the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs. It was his first since losing to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1) in March. His other 2017 race was a win in the Razorback Handicap (G3) in February.
Also working at Saratoga this past weekend was a fellow grade one winner, Time and Motion. The Tapit filly was clocked breezing four furlongs in a time of :49.45. It was the first time she hit the track since finishing third in the July 8 Modesty Handicap (G3T) at Arlington International Race Course.