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Gun Runner Helps Raise Money for Kentucky Tornado Victims

Jan 13, 2022
Freshman Sire Ended Hall of Fame Career Winning 2018 Pegasus (G1)

– During his time on the racetrack, Gun Runner raised a lot of money for a lot of people. He won 12 of 19 starts and almost $16 million in purse earnings in a future Hall of Fame career that concluded with victories in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and 2018 Pegasus World Cup (G1).

Now Gun Runner has raised a lot of money for some people in dire straits. The right to breed a mare to the 2017 Horse of the Year and record-breaking freshman sire sold for $130,000 Tuesday at Keeneland’s January sale – with every cent going to relief and recovery efforts from last month’s tornado devastation in Western Kentucky.

Winchell Thoroughbred and Three Chimneys Farm, the partnership that campaigned Gun Runner, offered the 2022 breeding season to the Three Chimneys stallion who long has been over-booked.

“Our hearts ache for the thousands of people impacted by the most violent tornados in Kentucky's history and their horrific losses,” Ron Winchell said. “We were blessed to have Gun Runner, a champion on the racetrack and now also in the breeding shed. Three Chimneys and I wanted our good fortune to help assist those whose worlds have been up-ended.”

Kentucky Downs, co-owned by Winchell, and Three Chimneys also committed another $50,000 apiece to the tornado recovery.

Gun Runner, who was trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen and ridden most of his career by Florent Geroux, stands at Three Chimneys in Midway, Ky., with a $125,000 stud fee. His 2-year-olds last year set a record for first-crop progeny earnings of $4,279,402; his six stakes-winning horses including Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine Echo Zulu and Saratoga’s Hopeful (G1) winner Gunite, Del Mar’s Best Pal (G2) winner Pappacap, a Gulfstream Park debut winner last May, and Saratoga’s Adirondack (G2) winner Wicked Halo.

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