This weekend saw Gun Runner win his second straight grade one race, as he took down the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1) by 5 1/4 lengths. His trainer Steve Asmussen said his charge was in good order following the race.
“He’s fabulous, happy with himself, came back great,” said Assumen.
Finishing second was Keen Ice, who is trained by Todd Pletcher. Pletcher said Keen Ice is in good order, showed no ill effects, and will likely be pointed towards the October 7 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
It was a busy weekend for Pletcher, and below are some updates on other horses under his care.
Neolithic – Won an allowance race
“I thought he ran well,” said Pletcher. “He had a little freshening at WinStar and got a little sick when he first came back, so we had a tight schedule to get to that. I think he overcame a less-than-ideal schedule and not his preferred distance, but I was proud of him for putting in that kid of run.
“He kind of got pushed out a little bit, but showed some real determination. We’re going to move forward from that race and run 1 1/8 miles, which is more in his wheelhouse. Gun Runner is very good, so we’ll do the best we can.”
Patch – Finished fourth in the NYRA Bets (G1)
“Mountaineer is a funny track and I was a little concerned when he drew the 3 (post). You don’t want to be on the inside in that track,” said Pletcher. “I thought he ran hard and tried hard, but it’s a difficult assignment when you get stuck down inside all the way around there.”
“Tapwrit is definitely on schedule for the Travers and we’ll see how Always Dreaming and Outplay work next week and go from there,” said Pletcher.