SARATOGA SPRINGS — Arrogate lost — mystifyingly, dismally — last weekend.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners lost the Jim Dandy on Saturday to a horse who had never raced on dirt in his career.
Then on Sunday morning, the sun still came up, and gleamed off the beautiful chestnut coat of Gun Runner.
Everything was sparkling at Steve Asmussen’s barn after the Stephen Foster winner put in his final breeze in preparation for next Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
While much of the rest of the racing world has seen some disarray, everything has gone smoothly for Gun Runner, who has been enjoying uncharacteristically cool temperatures in the mornings and has responded accordingly in his training.
He worked four furlongs in 49.33 on the Oklahoma training track, a model of consistency in his workouts who has finished first three times and second three times in his last six starts dating back to last September’s Pennsylvania Derby.
“Typical Gun Runner,” Asmussen said. “He’s a very generous horse, a very good mover. He’s been doing very well, and obviously we’re very excited about the Whitney.”
“The weather here recently has aided what we’re looking for. It hasn’t taken a lot out of him, he’s very fresh. It’s been ideal, actually, the temperatures in the morning to train in. I think he’s very sharp. Our big concerns are watching the races of the last two weeks and how crazy things have become.”
Arrogate, the top-ranked horse in the world, finished up the track in fourth as the 1-20 favorite in the San…
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