If the horse is sound, which he currently is, especially considering all the breaks on the farm they give him, there is no reason to think any more racing will do him harm. If he wins the Pegasus it will be hard for them to say no to another $6M for the taking in Dubai considering his first year stud fee probably tops out at $150K no matter what he does on the track.
He was coming off a very long layoff in the Penn Derby and was rushed to make the race. He has already proven in the Derby, Preakness, Belmont, and at Meydan that he has good form outside California.
While I like Gun Runner and it's theoretically possible he could improve as much as you're suggesting, I don't really see any scenario where he challenges for the 3yo Eclipse as likely. He had every chance in the Derby and just wasn't as good as the top two, who look head and shoulders above the rest to me at this point (Exaggerator's Belmont flop was obviously not a true display of his ability). To me, Nyquist and Exaggerator ran by far the best races of any horses in the Derby, Preakness, and final Derby preps. I would need to see a lot more than Gun Runner beating up on a field he should, with a favorable pace scenario, at 8.5F to believe he'll suddenly be able to beat either of those two at 9 or 10F.
Agreed, I would just add that if somehow all of these horses failed at the BC and Songbird won the Distaff and was undefeated for the rest of the season she'd have a shot. But I still wouldn't vote for her.
I think his point is that unlike the "lean years," where you may have a Ghostzapper or a Ouija Board or a Point Given every couple of years, the last decade seems like it has seen a steady international stream of horses who've done amazing things.
Would put World Approval and Obviously higher on turf list. But agree with the others. What a sorry group of sprinters. And oh, how Untapable has fallen. :(
I was thinking about this today and I really do think you're right. The sheer number of amazing performances and international stars we've seen in the last decade has been humbling to a racing fan. Don't forget Vodka, Winx, and Cirrus des Aigles. ;)
She will probably be left over for another shot at the Nunthorpe, or maybe the July Cup, so the trip isn't a total loss.
There was an article posted 3 days ago on here where Brown mentioned she had a "minor setback" (not related to the laminitis I'm sure) so they gave her some time and she's galloping well and will work again in a couple weeks.
So do we have any resolution yet on what is actually happening with Gettysburg, since Todd is saying one thing and WinStar another? If I were Todd I would flat out refuse to take the horse back, otherwise he shows the rest of his owners that his "big owners" can treat them like punching bags. WinStar has had a lot of success with him and they're not gonna abandon him because he refuses to take this horse but they might think twice about pulling that kind of stunt again.
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