Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced Nov. 7 that Gun Runner , recent winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), will stand the 2018 breeding season at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., after his next start in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
The multiple grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride will be available for special viewing this week from Nov. 8 through Nov. 10, after which time he will be shipped to trainer Steve Asmussen's barn to resume training in preparation for the Pegasus at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27, 2018.
"I have been fortunate enough to own several great horses, but Gun Runner is clearly at the top of my list," co-owner Ron Winchell said. "He is the horse of a lifetime. His brilliance was recognizable early and improved with every season. His consistency, soundness, and race recovery were comparable to none. These traits should serve him well as a stallion. I am a believer and will be supporting him 100%."
Goncalo Torrealba of Three Chimneys added: "This horse is the dream result and is a testament to why my family and I re-entered racing and breeding in the U.S. I am a big believer in top families, and with two Horses of the Year in his first two dams, one could make a case that there is no more active or relevant pedigree in the stud book today than that of Gun Runner.
"He gave all of us the thrill of a lifetime and joined us to Ron Winchell, who became a partner and a friend, and who in turn introduced me to Steve Asmussen and his family. These friendships have made the whole journey exponentially more enjoyable. At Three Chimneys we believe in partnerships and our co-ownership with Ron Winchell in Gun Runner is the 'poster child' for why we believe this. We are very excited to have him join the stallion roster, and we will be committing our best mares to him, including the dams of Twirling Candy and La Verdad, and grade 1 winners Stopchargingmaria, Pure Clan, and Malibu Prayer, to name a few."
Three Chimneys board member Doug Cauthen said Gun Runner possesses impeccable credentials, with a super physical, a royal pedigree, and admirable speed and toughness.
"He deserves his fan base," Cauthen said. "He's the kind of horse people dream about, and it's a tribute to the Torrealba family's commitment to the U.S. that they were able to add such a specimen to their racing stable and stallion roster so quickly in their tenure."
Gun Runner is the winner of five grade 1 races, including the 2016 Clark Handicap, and he reeled off four consecutive grade 1 wins in 2017, starting with the Stephen Foster Handicap, Whitney Stakes, Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets all leading to a commanding performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The striking and regally bred 4-year-old is out of Quiet Giant, a grade 2-winning half sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam. He is Candy Ride's leading earner with $8,988,500 in earnings to date.