There is so much to love about Thoroughbred horse racing. A recent trip to Churchill Downs provided more warm fuzzies in regards to the greatness in the sport. Gun Runner has been a battling bride’s maid in many big races this year. On November 25, he answered the call and got his first grade 1 win in leading a talented field gate to wire in the $500,000 Clark Handicap. Never one to give up, the three-year old son of Candy Ride let his heart and talent turn the trick. “He’s an honest race horse that always runs with so much confidence,” says trainer Steve Asmussen. “I am sure this will not be his last grade 1 win.” Trainer Ian Wilkes is becoming the accomplished Aussie as the Australian born conditioner won three stakes races in three days with Thatcher Street and Linda scoring on the turf while his very promising juvenile McCracken remained unbeaten with an impressive victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Closing their fall meet with a flurry of other fantastic races as well, Churchill has folks counting the days until Spring 2017 when the gates will open again for live racing.img_2953