Gun Runner prepares for Pegasus World Cup
Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Gun Runner has started his preparation in full flow for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup on January 27 of next year. Jockey Florent Geroux had the first workout with the horse since the classic Breeder’s Cup at the Del Mar. Gun Runner along with his training partner Gettysburg powered through the New Orleans Fair Ground Race Course. Gun Runner went through five-eights of a mile in 1 minute 1 second. Geroux was happy with the horse’s workout session praising Gun Runner. The horse in his unique style started the course relaxed and charged for the last part. Although a collision was averted in the course when another practice rider galloped towards the rail, but Geroux acted quickly and steadied Gun Runner long enough for the other horse to pass out. It was also Geroux’s first time aboard Gun Runner since the victory at Breeder’s Cup. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi oversaw the workout of the horse and trainer, where he also praised the horse for keeping fit. Gun Runner is currently owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and the Three Chimneys Farm and will make the last appearance for them at the Pegasus World Cup before joining Three Chimneys team.
Horse Racing suspended at Palermo over alleged mafia links
The Italian police investigating mafia activity have discovered links to the Palermo race track. The racing activities at the Palermo have been suspended. The police uncovered that mafia bosses Cosa Nostra were rigging the horse races and were taking part in illegal gambling. Antonella De Miro, head of the Palermo district issued the order after arrests of 25 people were linked to Resuttana San Lorenzo and the mafia’s hand in horse racing was discovered. The races at the Palermo race course have been suspended until further notice. The arrests have shed light on the Sicilian mafia being involved in on track racing. This is an illegal form of racing where drugged horses are forced to race on the track, and thousands of euros are bet on the winners. Former mobster, Vito Galatolo who used to be involved in these activities revealed much information regarding on track racing.
Zanotti wins the Queens County
Ten Strike Racing’s Zanotti won the Queens County for three-year-olds in a sloppy Aqueduct racetrack. Zanotti last raced at the Parx in July where the horse finished fourth. Starting the race with odds of 38-1, Zanotti left the gate slotting into fifth while Alex the Terror led the way. Starting at the quarter pole, Zanotti started sliding his way past his opponents until he came neck to neck with Alex, the Terror. The two horses then began a race for the finish which Zanotti won.