Gun Runner wins $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

Florent Geroux rides Gun Runner to victory in the Classic horse race during the Breeders’ Cup, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Del Mar, Calif. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Gun Runner won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths, beating Arrogate for the first time in three tries.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Gun Runner covered 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20.

Defending champion Arrogate was the slight 2-1 favorite over Gun Runner, but ended up in a dead-heat for fifth with Gunnevera in the last race of his career. The loss ended trainer Bob Baffert’s streak in the Classic, having won the last three years in a row.

Baffert finished 2-3 in the race, with Collected taking second and West Coast third. His record four starters included Mubtaahij.

War Story was fifth.

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