Gun Runner Brother Fortune Ticket to Stand in Maryland

Gun Runner's full brother Fortune Ticket will stand his first season at stud in 2022 at Anchor & Hope Farm near Port Deposit, Md., Climax Stallions announced. Gun Runner recently broke the first-crop progeny earnings record set by Uncle Mo in 2015, who broke Tapit's 2008 record. Four-year-old Fortune Ticket was initially raced by his breeder, Three Chimneys Farm, where Gun Runner will stand in 2022 for $125,000, stands and nurses. Fortune Ticket was a multiple winner at 3 who ran a 7 on Thoromanager. "Fortune Ticket is an exciting prospect for the great state of Maryland. He is the only son of Candy Ride (ARG) in Maryland and is a full brother to a burgeoning superstar at stud, Gun Runner" said Climax Stallions president Sean Feld. Fortune Ticket will stand for an advertised fee of $2,500, stands and nurses—just 2% of Gun Runner's advertised 2022 stud fee. "Grace and I are excited to have a horse with this type of pedigree on our farm," said Louis Merryman of Anchor & Hope Farm. "Not only is he a full brother to Gun Runner but he is from the family of Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Fortune Ticket is correct and athletic which are keys to a stallion's success." Fortune Ticket made seven starts on the track and collected a record of 2-1-1. He was a determined front-running winner of a maiden special weight at Lone Star Park at 3 for Three Chimneys and trainer Steve Asmussen, prevailing by a head as he completed a mile in 1:39.41. That season he also captured a one-mile allowance race at Remington Park, where he rallied from fourth and held off a late-running rival by a neck in 1:38.40. Asmussen also trained Gun Runner for Three Chimneys and Winchell Thoroughbreds. Gun Runner collected six grade 1 victories (five consecutively) and earned nearly $16 million. He was named Horse of the Year and champion older dirt male of 2017. The Three Chimneys resident currently leads the first-crop sire rankings with nearly $3.8 million in progeny earnings. He has sired six black-type winners, four of which are graded winners, and two of which have captured a grade 1 event, including his unbeaten daughter and NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine Echo Zulu. Both Fortune Ticket and Gun Runner are produced from the grade 2-winning Giant's Causeway mare Quiet Giant. The mare is a half sister to 2005 Horse of the Year and champion older horse Saint Liam, as well as 2018 United Nations Stakes (G1T) victor Funtastic. Fortune Ticket will join Climax Stallions' Editorial, a War Front half brother to Uncle Mo, who also stands for $2,500 at Anchor & Hope Farm.