12/29/2017 12:30PM

2017 year in review: For Gun Runner and others, perseverance rewarded

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The morning after Gun Runner had won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar, trainer Steve Asmussen stood just a few yards from his stall, watching him with equal parts pride and admiration. Gun Runner in 2017 had raced or trained at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, Meydan, Churchill Downs, Saratoga, Santa Anita, and Del Mar, had traveled halfway around the world and back, yet as the year progressed he got better and better, culminating with the best performance of his career when it counted most.