Description: Gun Runner (KY) CH , C, foaled March 8, 2013 (Candy Ride (ARG) - Quiet Giant, by Giant's Causeway) jumps to the top of the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard with a victory in the 8.5 furlong $400K Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds February 20, 2016. Jockey Florent Geroux and Gun Runner found the rail going into the Clubhouse turn as they settled into in fourth behind front runner Candy My Boy. Candy My Boy showed the way up the back stretch and around the far turn. Gun Runner came off the rail turning for home and collared Candy My Boy and dashed for the wire. Forevamo followed Gun Runner most of the trip, Gun Runner got the jump on him as they raced down the stretch, however, Forevamo came on strong to miss by 1/2 length at the line. Mo Tom was full of run while far back turning for home, had to steady sharply inside the quarter pole and gained his best stride too late to finish one length behind Forevamo for the show. Gun Runner is 3 for 4 and he has earned $306,920 for his owners at Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm. He was bred by Besilu Stables and he is being trained by Steven Asmussen. The Risen Star is a Kentucky Derby Championship Series race and the first four finishers earned points (50-20-10-5) towards a start in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby May 7th at Churchill Downs. Candy My Boy finished fourth 3/4 lengths behind Mo Tom. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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