Where is American Freedom being pointed to?
That's another thing people aren't taking into consideration. The track was listed as muddy although it didn't look that muddy at race time but either way it was not GR's preferred surface. The fact is he ran a phenomenal race, a winning race had Arrogate not been there. I don't understand why people can't give credit where credit is due. I love Gun Runner but Arrogate is a better horse, that said GR ran amazing and above most people's expectations.
General consensus is that GR is the second best dirt horse in America. Your entitled to your opinion but you are in the minority.
Actually it means that in their only meeting Gun Runner soundly beat Shaman Ghost by 7 lengths loose on the lead or not along with about 3 other G1 winners. You call that weak opposition? You criticize GR for beating up on weak competition but who did SG beat in the Big Cap? A horse who has never won a G1 on the dirt or at 10f, that field was a G3 at best.
True but so far in their only meeting GR beat SG.
Odds are Arrogate will stay west for the remainder of the year and GR should have his way in all the East coast G1 races and at the end of the year I would love to see a rematch in the BCC even if GR will just be running for second again.
GR has been my favorite horse since his maiden win and I had my doubts about the distance after the KD and Travers but I always knew he was very talented but after his performance in Dubai it leaves no doubt that he is a G1 10f horse. Arrogate is just an incredible freak of a horse. If Arrogate were not in Dubai nobody was beating GR, he was ahead of Neolithic by 5 lengths at the wire and was pulling away from the field.
Gun Runner should have his way on the east coast, he's improved dramatically in his last 3 races.
After today's performance I think it's safe to say that GR will be running in the Classic.
Also it looks like he can get 10f after all.
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