Three Chimneys’ Gun Runner , the 2017 Horse of the Year and the leading sire of 2-year-olds worldwide as well as the leading freshman sire in 2021, has established an all-time progeny earnings record for a first-crop sire, eclipsing super sire Uncle Mo ‘s first-crop earnings record established in 2015. To put the significance of this accomplishment into perspective, Uncle Mo’s first crop earnings surpassed the previous record established by the legendary Tapit back in 2008.
The previous first-crop progeny earnings record of $3,670,354 as reported by BloodHorse and $3,717,490 as reported by Thoroughbred Daily News, was surpassed Nov. 28 when the Tom Amoss-trained Shotgun Hottie won the first race at Churchill Downs, becoming winner No. 22, boosting Gun Runner’s earnings over $3.8 million. Gun Runner’s milestone earnings record mirrors that of Uncle Mo’s, having sired two grade 1 winners including the undefeated NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) captress Echo Zulu . Their records differ, however, in that Gun Runner has sired one more graded stakes winner than Uncle Mo, with fewer starters.