Sent off as the heavy 3-5 favorite in his debut, Red Run rated in third off splits of of :22.25 and :46.30 before collaring the leaders in deep stretch. Under Ricardo Santana Jr., the chestnut colt finished 1 3/4 lengths clear at the wire and clocked the five furlongs in :59.22 over a sloppy main track.
Red Run is owned and bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, sharing the same connections as his champion sire, who was also co-owned by Three Chimneys Farm.
Gun Runner was a consistent and brilliant performer on the racetrack. The son of Candy Ride won six grade 1 races, including the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), and retired with $15,988,500 in earnings. Out of a half sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam, he stands at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., for a fee of $50,000.
Red Run breaks his maiden at Churchill Downs
A son of Gun Runner was the second highest-selling juvenile at this year’s The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale in Florida, selling for $1.7 million to agent Gary Young on behalf of Zedan Racing.
Red Run is the first foal out of the unraced Tapit mare Red House, a full sister to 2014 champion 3-year-old filly and Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) victress Untapable . Red House has a yearling full brother to Red Run and was bred to Copper Bullet for 2021.