Gun Runner Pleases in Pre-Travers Work

Gun Runner | Christie DeBernardis

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York–Winchell Thoroughbreds' Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) put in his final work ahead of Saturday's GI Travers S. Tuesday morning, breezing a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track in :50.03 (11/19).

Hitting the track just a few minutes past 6:00 a.m. with Abel Flores in the irons, the chestnut was led onto the track by assistant trainer Scott Blasi aboard his white pony before being cut loose to work on his own.

“I thought he worked well,” trainer Steve Asmussen said while standing along the rail just after the work. “He has always been a very impressive mover on the racetrack and he is coming into the Travers in great shape. I think the draw will be very important. Obviously they are expecting a full field and I'll be very anxious to see who is where.”

Asmussen will also saddle WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay's GI Belmont S. winner Creator (Tapit) in the Midsummer Derby. The handsome gray had his final Travers work Sunday, covering four furlongs in :49.33 (5/42) over the Oklahoma.

“I think Creator has trained very well since the [GII] Jim Dandy [S. July 30, where he finished sixth], but it is a full field of talented 3-year-olds, so how the race shapes up will be very important,” remarked the conditioner, who is looking for his first Travers victory Saturday.


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