SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Gun Runner, the 51/4-length Grade 1 Whitney winner, went postward with a target on his back in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward.
The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride accepted the challenge.
Under rider Florent Geroux, Gun Runner answered by opening up through the stretch to win by 101/4 lengths in 1:47.43 for the 11/8 miles on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
The pace scenario had been the main topic leading up to the race. As history has shown, overplanning and trying to outsmart competition can cost a horse a victory, but for trainer Steve Asmussen and his connections, the plan was to leave it all on the racetrack. As Arrogate, a four-time Grade 1...