Shoddy sit­u­a­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Heav­ily fa­vored Gun Run­ner, one of the world’s fastest horses, won Satur­day’s $1.2 mil­lion Whit­ney Hand­i­cap by 5¼ lengths at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., de­spite run­ning with an er­rant shoe en­tan­gled in his tail.

Post-race pho­to­graphs at Saratoga Race Course show Gun Run­ner with a horse­shoe in his tail. It was later re­ported that Cau­tious Gi­ant had lost a shoe dur­ing the run­ning of the race, which some­how stuck in Gun Run­ner’s tail.

Trainer Steve As­mussen said he had no idea how the horse­shoe ended up in Gun Run­ner’s tail or how it stayed there.

“If you’ve never seen any­thing be­fore, just wait around,” As­mussen said of Gun Run­ner, who won the Ra­zor­back Hand­i­cap at Oak­lawn Park in Fe­bru­ary. “Can you believe that? I mean if we tried to throw one and stick in one’s tail as he was stand­ing, still we’d go 0-for1,000 — let alone at a run, let alone Gun Run­ner, let alone in the Whit­ney — and it stayed. … We were ob­vi­ously un­aware of it un­til he came back to the win­ner’s cir­cle. I mean, there’s still nails in it.”

As­mussen

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