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Title: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: willagrey on March 02, 2018, 02:51:41 am
Stallion Spotlight: March I

ICh. Gunningdownromance
2007 chestnut Thoroughbred stallion, 15.0hh
What’s It Worth (P) x Seek For Love (P) [Created]
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Bred by Stillwater Farms, Gunningdownromance won 18 of 46 lifetime start with career earnings of $10,995,350. 40 of the starts were stakes races in which he was on the board in 30 of those starts. During a career span of 3 years, Gunningdownromance set 1 speed record on the dirt at 6.5f. He is a 2-time winner of the Breeder’s Cup Classic (2010 & 2011) as well as winner of the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes and UAE Derby as a 3 year old.

Gunningdownromance had an impressive career so I’d like to take the time to highlight that!

AT 2
At 2, he was a Triple Series winner and won all 3 major 2yo races, the Champagne Stakes (G1), the Futurity Stakes (G1), and the Hopeful Stakes (G1).
He also placed in the Highland Bandit Breeders' Stakes (G1), National Stakes (G1), Planet Hollywood Breeders' Stakes (G2), and Sanford Stakes (G2). He then showed in the Champagne Classic (G3).

AT 3
Gunningdownromance hit the usual Derby trail as a 3yo, after coming in 2nd in the Florida Derby (G1), he won the UAE Derby (G2) & Derby Trial (G3). After an impressive start, he also went on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Belmont Stakes (G1), the Travers Stakes (G1), and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Other notable victories include the Underwood Stakes (G1), San Diego Handicap (G2) and Cadbury Tasmanian Derby (G3). Also as a 3yo he placed or showed in Spectacular Bid Breeders’ Stakes (G1), Whitney Handicap (G1), Jerome Stakes (G2), What’s It Worth Breeders’ Stakes (G2), and Cross Roads Breeders’ Stakes (G3).

AT 4
At 4, Gunningdownromance again won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), as well as the Woodward Stakes (G1) and the Lonesome Glory Breeders’ Stakes (G2).

Gunningdownromance seemed to hit his best stride at age 3, with his most earnings coming in that season at $6,341,350. At 2

He frequently ran and won against future stallions Devil His Due, Player, Robin Hood, Stressed, Nightfight, Strider, Mr Prospective, Bellagio, and Sleipnir.

He is also 9th Overall in Top 10 Money Earning Horses in the Final Furlong Hall of Fame!

Gunningdownromance had one in his career. He suffered from swelling (LH) in 2010.

His sire, WHAT’S IT WORTH, Platinum-ranked (9.6), had 127 foals, 73 stakes winners and 49 MSW’s with a phenomenal 37 millionaires. These millionaires include FFCh. TakeMeToHollywood, FFCh. Foolhardy, WCh. I’m Your Angel, WCh. Worth My Time, WCh. What’s Debatable, ICh. Worth the Wait, ICh. Candidate, ICh. Chivalry, ICh. Worth the Risk, ICh. What’s Your Dream, NCh. Arda, NCh. Black Warrior, NCh. Beautiful Dreamer, NCh. Fleet Street, NCh. Highland Wizard, NCh. Sneak Peak, GCh. Worthy Sage, GCh. Worth My While, GCh. Fine Notice, GCh. Fanfare, Ch. Olympic Colors, and many more. He has 11 gold-ranked daughters, 18 silver, and 19 bronze. By far one of the most famous sire of sires next to the Highland line, he is the sire of retired stallions Highland Wizard, What’s Debatable, Worth My While, Worth the Wait, TakeMeToHollywood, Tryst of Fate, I’m Your Angel, and Black Warrior. Currently his actively standing stallions, beside subject stallion Gunningdownromance, are Candidate, Chivalry, Eighteen Karat, and Express Yourself.

His dam SEEK FOR LOVE, Platinum-ranked (10.9), produced 12 foals, 11 winners, and 3 multiple stakes winners. In additional to Gunningdownromance, she produced MSW ICh. Eternal Lady and MSW NCh. Bandit’s Love. Through her daughters she is the granddam of GCh. Dancing Shadow, Ch. The Confessor, Ch. Foolever, and Ch. Shady Lane. She is of all created lines.

 At the time of this post, he is Silver-ranked (4.0). Gunningdownromance has sired more than 222 foals from 10 crops with 59% starters, 70% winners, 21% stakes winners and 11% multiple stakes winners, including 4 millionaires. His average earnings for foals is $162,115. Some of his highest-earning offspring are GCh. Aficionado, GCh. Ghost Hunter, GCh. Risky Romance, GCh. Stage Romance, and GCh. What is Love. Currently, he is unranked as a broodmare sire, but he has 23 mares retired to brood.

Out of 65 stallions w/ started offspring:

Leading Earners

Foals for Thought
Of his 14 MSW, 1 had their best career year at age 2, 12 at age 3 and 4, and 1 at age 5.

Breeding Suggestions: Matching successful line crosses

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Gunningdownromance currently stands in New York under ownership of Desert Wind Farm for $15,000.
He does not require approval to breed to and is Breeders’ Cup nominated.
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: Shanthi on March 02, 2018, 08:22:01 am
Yay, glad to see GDR highlighted! :)
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: imagine on March 02, 2018, 08:30:35 am
We reacently purchased two GDR mares, including What Is Love, to join the broodmare band. Interestingly, given his race record they both were turf runners. Looking forwards to some nice grand-foals from both of them.
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: Shelbie on March 02, 2018, 08:38:50 pm
I just purchased a GDR 2yo daughter last month, and own a broodmare daughter carrying her first foal. I'm especially hopeful with her as a broodmare as she's half to 3 MSW's and from the same damline as Nightfight and Gotta Go.

As much as I love GDR as a stallion, his foals tend to disagree with me.
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: willagrey on March 03, 2018, 01:00:31 am
I had a lot of fun writing this because I didn't realize how impressive his record was! 1 win away from the Triple Crown and 2x Breeders' Cup Classic winner!!

Like Shelbie, I seem to have rotten luck with his offspring, they all tend to not like running for me at all. I did just purchase a yearling from Shelbie's auction so who knows maybe I'll have better luck after giving him a nice write-up LOL
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: rebelrun on March 03, 2018, 02:12:34 am
Definitely need to send some more girls his way.  We sold Stage Romance as a baby, back when mistakenly thinking a bronze ranking meant a less than stellar offspring.
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: willagrey on March 04, 2018, 01:43:44 am
Just a curiosity, is there anything else y'all would like to see us include? Something you don't like? Would love any feedback :D

As a new-ish player I'm really loving doing these because while I know what studs are out there, I wasn't around for their careers so lots of times i have no idea what many of them did or what they specialized in, so its really been helping me pick better crosses!
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: Dee on March 05, 2018, 08:44:31 pm
Last year I had the honor of leasing GDR and bred some of our best mares to him. This year I was privileged to buy him and continue his legacy at Desert Wind Farm. I love this guy!
Title: Re: Stallion Spotlight March I: Gunningdownromance
Post by: faedar on March 08, 2018, 01:08:56 pm
I own one son by Gunningdownromance, a 4YO named Flames Of Love ( He started racing as a 3YO and won/placed/showed one time each out of 4 starts. He's only been run once so far this year due to an injury and landed a 5th in that one. He seems to run well so far, and though I'm not sure yet what his preferences are, he seems to show an affinity for turf, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do from here.