Derby Contender Profile: Gun Runner

05/07/2016 02:15 AM

Post Position: 5
Morning Line Odds: 10-1
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Florent Geroux

Gun Runner is a chestnut colt by Candy Ride, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Quiet Giant, foaled March 8, 2013 in Kentucky. Gun Runner is No. 1 on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 151 points. Gun Runner won Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds and Grade II Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Gun Runner’s lone defeat came in last year’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club where he was fourth beaten 3 1⁄4 lengths behind Airoforce and Derby contenders Mor Spirit and Mo Tom.

Gun Runner is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell) & Three Chimneys Farm (Goncalo Borges Torrealba), trained by Steven M. Asmussen and ridden by Florent Geroux.

Asmussen trained two-time Horse of the Year Curlin (2007-08), 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. He finished second in 2011 Kentucky Derby with Nehro and will be inducted into National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 2016. He won his 7,000th race on April 1, 2015 at Oaklawn Park with Drama Coach and has a Kentucky Derby record of 13-0-1-1.

Kaci Kust

Kaci is a Production Specialist based out of the Northern Kentucky Spectrum News bureau. When she’s not working at the station she is covering high school sports, Bengals or EKU games for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. She played basketball for Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. She says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. You can get the latest on the Bengals, EKU or high school sports in Northern Kentucky by following Kaci on Twitter @Kacikust.

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