HALLANDALE BEACH, FL. – Gun Runner, the likely favorite in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Saturday, Jan. 27, took his first trip around Gulfstream Park Friday morning.

Taking to the track at approximately 5:50 a.m., more than an hour before sunrise, Gun Runner “just had an easy day, going straight off a mile,” assistant trainer Scott Blasi said.

Gun Runner, a winner of 11 of 18 starts and the favorite to be recognized Thursday, Jan. 25 as Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream, shipped into Gulfstream Thursday evening from New Orleans.

“He’s in such good condition right now, and he’s so fit, when you get him off that van, off an airplane, he knows where he’s at and what he’s getting ready to do,” Blasi said. “He’s just such a champion. He takes everything in stride. Never had a problem shipping, I think this is his 12th or 13th different racetrack he’s run at. It’s kind of old news to him. It’s probably more stressful on us than him.

“We expect him to settle in and train, get a little work over the racetrack, and school in the paddock a time or two.”

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