Gun Runner won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in impressive fashion at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack on Saturday, trouncing a celebrated field that included last year's winner and favorite Arrogate.
Florent Geroux piloted the four-year-old colt to a 2 1/4 lengths, wire-to-wire victory over hard-charging second place finisher Collected in front of a packed grandstand to win America's richest race.
Gun Runner's Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said he and jockey Geroux wanted to stick to the same game plan that propelled the striking chestnut horse to five wins in his last six starts.
"We wanted him away from the gates cleanly and into a nice rhythm," said Asmussen, who now has six Breeders' Cup wins, including two Classics, to his name.
Arrogate jockey Mike Smith said he did not think Arrogate, who has lost three straight races in Del Mar, showed his best form on the oceanside racetrack, which is known for its tight corners and firm, fast turf.
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