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.”