In honor of Gun Runner's brilliant Breeders' Cup an Pegasus World Cup performances, I'd like to share my top five champions who went out with an epic performance...
1. Personal Ensign (BC Distaff): Completed her career undefeated with a furious stretch rally to nip Derby victor Winning Colors on the wire. Watching that replay still gives me goosebumps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSpBui9UIkM
2. Secretariat (WO Canadian Turf): poor Tom Rolfe... Big Red was a locomotive that chilly day-literally, as he plumed white puffs with every combustible exhale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow2LcVdijt8
3. Tiznow (defends BC Classic): wins one for America -- Tom Durkin said it all.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QqdYJeCts
4. American Pharoah (Grand Slam in BC Classic): greatest 2 loss horse in history? Left no doubt on that historic Keeneland afternoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weKIGbOKHyE
5. (Tie) Beholder (BC Distaff): elder mare finale vs. Songbird one for the ages through entire length of SA stretch! HOFers Stevens and Smith were artists matching strides. I was in attendance and cried after the finish not knowing who won but recognizing greatness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCPxafCgDz0
5. (Tie) Gun Runner (BC Classic): oh, Gunny. We go way back to the Derby trail at FG in 2016. Every time I bet you, you won (except for my $100 flyer bet at 10-1 vs Arrogate in Dubai, still don't regret it!). Even in (rare) defeat, you showed up every freakin time. Your signature low head, high ridin Frenchie jock and grey headed, whistlin trainer could do no wrong with you one-nutted sonofagun. Gun Runner, I think I love you... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b2BsJWHUik