Gun Runner Stakes

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Gun Runner Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans, LA
  • Inaugural Race: 2021
  • Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
  • 2021 Purse: $100,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Sunday, December 26th

The Gun Runner Stakes at the Fair Grounds is worth a Kentucky Derby point spread of 10-4-2-1 to the winners in addition to a purse of up to $100,000.

2021 Gun Runner Stakes Race Results

1EpicenterBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen$7.80 / $4.80 / $2.80
6Tejano TwistJoseph Rocco, Jr. / W. Bret Calhoun$4.20 / $3.20
4Surfer DudeReylu Gutierrez / Dallas Stewart$4.00
5Kevin's FollyJames Graham / Thomas M. Amoss
7Rich StrikeSonny Leon / Eric R. Reed
3Rocket DawgFlorent Geroux / Brad H. Cox
2Waita Minute HayesAshley Broussard / Ricky Courville

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (1-6) Paid: $32.80
  • $0.50 Trifecta (1-6-4) Paid: $35.70
  • $0.10 Superfecta (1-6-4-5): Paid: $22.85

Watch the 2021 Gun Runner Stakes

History of the Gun Runner Stakes

A new entry into the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races in 2021, the Gun Runner Stakes joins an already chalk-full racing season at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

The race is named in honor of of the 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, who kicked off his 2016 season with a fantastic showing at the Fair Grounds, capturing wins at both the Risen Star Stakes and the Louisiana Derby. Two more graded stakes wins made him an early contender in that years’ Kentucky Derby, where he ultimately captured third place. Gun Runner bounced back in his four year old season winning five out of six races, including an impressive victory in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he trounced the 2016 winner Arrogate after failing to defeat him in two previous races (the 2016 Travers Stakes and the 2017 Dubai World Cup).

Gun Runner Stakes Past Winners

YearHorseJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021EpicenterBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen1 1/16 M / 01:44.19