A day later Gunman His progeny have won five bets — two of which were in 1st grade — the word used to describe his success as one male after another for this: unprecedented.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said David Fiske, race manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds. “And no one else either.”
The son of Candy Ride out of the Giant’s Causeway the Quiet Giant mare, which has turned around since admission in 2018. Gun Runner is the top freshman stallion in 2021 and sets an all-time earnings record for stallions. first deal for $4,278,640.
This year, he has continued to be the top 3-year-old stallion, with earnings in excess of $9,000,000.
“There are a lot of good horses out there. There are a lot of good horses still around,” Fiske said. “And a lot of them have to compete with Gun Runners. They’re Gun Runners or you have to compete with Gun Runners. That’s the scene right now.”
It’s a banner day for Gun Runner and his descendants on September 24th as Society won the Cotillion Stakes (G1), Taiba won the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), 2 year old Champion Echo Zulu won Dogwood Stakes (G3), Gunite take the Harrods Creek Stakes, and Sixtythreecaliber announced Seneca Overnight Stakes.
Winchell Thoroughbreds shares ownership of Gun Runner with Three Chimneys Farm, where he is in possession of an undisclosed amount.
Three Chimneys director of stud seasons, Tom Hamm believes Gun Runner’s achievements as a stallion have earned him the right to converse with the best during their first few years. .
“He did things we’ve never seen before,” Hamm said. “And I think the ranchers and the buyers out there notice it, and I think that’s great. And then a day like (Saturday), it’s clear that it’s almost unbelievable, and obviously, we’re excited about that.”
Undoubtedly, the announcement was during last year’s September Sale of Keeneland just ended.
In both 2021 and 2022, 40 Gun Runner products have been sold. But that’s where the similarities end, as the literal track records of those that precede them have resulted in increased sales numbers.
Just using year-over-year numbers from the Keeneland September Sale, the Gun Runner sub’s overall gross sales jumped 41.7% from $13,037,000 to $18,475,000 dollars. Average selling price from $280,000 to $400,000 – a 42.9% increase. The top selling price for one of his children increased by one step to 53.8%, from $975,000 to $1,500,000.
“Overall, they’re athletes, they’re all really good athletes… I think that’s probably their greatest trait, they’re just athletic people,” he said. Hamm talks about what Gun Runner’s children have in common. “They are quite similar to them. They are usually well-proportioned and beautiful horses.”
Hamm sees a lot of potential, particularly in Society. The filly out of Etiquette, by Tapit raised her speed figure from the 80s at the American Oaks Coaching Club (G1) to over 100 at Charles Town Oaks (G3) and then raised it again Saturday in the Cotillion Stakes at Racing Parx.
Society wins Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing
He said she could be one of the best 3-year-olds out there right now.
Fiske calls Gun Runner one of his favorite themes. It’s not hard to see why.
Now the question is how long he and his children can maintain this level of success.
“What surprised me this morning was the black type in the column the percentage of deposits from starter horses,” he said. “He’s the first, but it’s already 17.18 percent, and this morning it’s 20. I’m sure it’s going to drop just because of the nature of the big book era we’re in. There are just so many. ponies to the point where you can’t maintain those percentages. But right now, it’s ahead of a lot of other stallions.”