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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Arrogate and Gun Runner in fine form for key Del Mar workouts

Kentucky Derby winner stays in training after stomach ulcer diagnosis

Gun Runner: usurped Arrogate as Breeders' Cup Classic favourite with ten-length victory in the Woodward at Saratoga
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Arrogate and Gun Runner, the leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar, have both posted serious workouts ahead of their scheduled meeting at Del Mar on November 4.

Both horses were in action at Santa Anita on Monday morning, when Arrogate – still the highest-rated in the world – went six furlongs in 1m13.20s under Rafael Bejarano.

"We let him do a little bit more today,” said trainer Bob Baffert, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.

"I like the way he’s coming into it. He looked pretty happy coming off the track."

Gun Runner, runner-up to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup, was promoted to Classic favouritism after winning the Grade 1 Woodward by more than ten lengths.

Working with stablemate Gettysburg, he went 5f in 1m12.80s at Santa Anita on Monday under big-race rider Florent Geroux.

"I thought he worked great," said trainer Steve Asmussen.

"We're obviously very excited about the position we're in with him. He’s right where I want him to be."

Shock ten-length Canadian International winner Bullards Alley is a possible runner in the Breeders' Cup Turf, according to trainer Tim Glyshaw, who also has recent Keeneland Grade 2 winner Bucchero in the Turf Sprint.

Kentucky Derby winner stays in training

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is to stay in training as a four-year-old, it has been announced.

Always Dreaming: decisive Kentucky Derby winner set to stay in training as a four-year-old
Part-owners WinStar Farms issued a statement in which they also reported the Todd Pletcher-trained colt had been diagnosed with stomach ulcers following a dismal ninth place finish in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August.

"The great news is we’ve been able to clear up the ulcers and he’s doing fantastic right now," said WinStar CEO Elliott Walder.

"It also explains a lot about his regression in form, and we are extremely excited about his racing potential in 2018. The sky is the limit."

Although all three winners of this year's Triple Crown races are currently sidelined – Preakness winner Cloud Computing with an ankle chip and Tapwrit, who won the Belmont, with a foot injury – they are all now expected to be racing next year.

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I thought he worked great. We're obviously very excited about the position we're in with him.
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