Racing - Gun Runner wins Breeders' Cup Classic

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Gun Runner ridden by Florent Geroux (second left) wins the Breeders' Cup Classic (AFP Photo/Harry How)

Racing - Gun Runner wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Gun Runner ridden by Florent Geroux (second left) wins the Breeders' Cup Classic (AFP Photo/Harry How)

- Gun Runner won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in dominant style, leading from wire-to-wire as defending champion Arrogate disappointed in his final race. The 1 1/4-mile race on the dirt track at Del Mar -- hosting the $28 million Breeders' Cup extravaganza for the first time -- was billed as a final showdown between the Steve Asmussen-trained Gun Runner and Bob Baffert's Arrogate. Arrogate, who sent California Chrome into retirement with a defeat in last year's Classic at Santa Anita, chased down Gun Runner for a thrilling win in the Dubai World Cup in March. But he had been unimpressive since, in fourth place and runner-up finishes in Del Mar, and he was never really in the hunt in a race that saw Gun Runner, with jockey Florent Geroux aboard, spring from the fifth stall and power to a fourth straight victory -- all Grade One stakes. "He's just a beast," Geroux said of Gun Runner, who finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Baffert's Collected, with the Baffert-trained West Coast third. War Story was fourth, and Arrogate, who broke awkwardly toward the rail from the first stall, was in a dead heat for fifth with Gunnevera.


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