Mar. 29, 2016
CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s Gun Runner solidified his status as one of the best 3-year-old colts in the nation with an impressive win in Saturday’s $1 million G2 Louisiana Derby. The 4 1/2-length score catapulted Gun Runner to the top of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, and left CANDY RIDE as the #2 sire in the nation by North American earnings.
Gun Runner had previously won the G2 Risen Star S. in New Orleans, and now has a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of $906,920. His 151 points on the Leaderboard is 51 better than the nearest competitor.
“He is so easy to manage and has so many gears,” Florent Geroux, Gun Runner’s regular rider, said after the Louisiana Derby. “He settles really nicely and when you ask him to go, he has a nice turn of foot. Hopefully, we can make a nice run the first Saturday in May.”
Steve Asmussen trains Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm. Gun Runner, produced by a half-sister to former Lane’s End stallion and Horse of the Year SAINT LIAM, was bred in Kentucky by Besilu Stables.
Gun Runner is the latest star by CANDY RIDE, who time and time again has shown his ability to sire top-level, Classic-type runners, such as the Champion Two-Year-Old Shared Belief, the GI Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy, and the Grade 1-winning sophomore TWIRLING CANDY, now himself a rising stallion star.
CANDY RIDE was the #5 General Sire in 2014 with over $10.5 million in progeny earnings, and a stellar eight graded winners on the year. In 2015, CANDY RIDE was again ranked #5 on the General Sire, with 16 individual black-type winners to his credit and progeny earnings in excess of $11.5 million.
CANDY RIDE is already the sire of three graded winners in 2016, including the Gulfstream Park Grade 2 winner Grand Tito and the always tough Chocolate Ride.