Gunnevera

7th
10
10-1
$2,751,975
Owner
Peacock Stables, LLC
Trainer
Antonio Sano
Breeder
Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch
Sex
Colt
Color
Chestnut
Birthplace
Kentucky
Foal Date
Feb 28, 2014

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5 Facts


  1. Named after a small town in Spain.
  2. His trainer, Antonio Sano, was kidnapped and held for ransom twice in his home country of Venezuela. He managed to escape safely both times.
  3. Gunnevera was orphaned as a foal and had to be bottle fed.
  4. Antonio Sano had won over 3,000 races in his native Venezuela. He came to the US in 2010 and is based in Florida.
  5. Gunnevera was purchased for $16,000 at auction, a relatively low price. He has now earned over $1.1 million.

Horse Bio


Gunnevera has for some time looked one of the better Kentucky Derby prospects. After his stunning Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) victory at Gulfstream Park March 4, there are few that would be rated ahead of him.


Trained by Antonio Sano, Gunnevera was one of the better juveniles last season, winning the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) and the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3), a race won the previous year by 2016 Derby runner-up Exaggerator.


He has continued to progress at three, finishing second in the Holy Bull (G2) behind Irish War Cry before his 5-3/4 length victory in the Fountain of Youth. He is likely to run next in the Florida Derby (G1) April 1.


Bred by Brandywine Farm and Stephen Upchurch, Gunnevera was a $16,000 bargain buy at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale for Sano, and is owned by Peacock Racing Stables. He is from the first crop of Dialed In, winner of the Florida Derby (G1) before finishing eighth in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness. The distaff side of his pedigree doesn’t have much black type, but does appear to have stamina.


Gunnevera usually settles well off the pace before unleashing a strong staying finish. It’s the sort of style that suggests he has a great chance of staying the 1-1/4 miles of the Kentucky Derby.


Gunnevera was 22-1 chance when Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended, but he’s likely to be at shorter odds when the next pool is released. In a year in which the Derby picture has seen many form reversals, Gunnevera’s consistency, good health, and likely stamina makes him an appealing Derby betting prospect.


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Race History

FinishRaceGradeDistanceSurfaceDate
7th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

Churchill Downs

I1 1/4 MilesDirt May 6, 2017
3rd Road to the Kentucky Derby Xpressbet Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park

I1 1/8 MilesDirt Apr 1, 2017
1st Road to the Kentucky Derby Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

Gulfstream Park

II1 1/16 MilesDirt Mar 4, 2017
2nd Road to the Kentucky Derby Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes

Gulfstream Park

II1 1/16 MilesDirt Feb 4, 2017
1st Road to the Kentucky Derby $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes

Delta Downs

III1 1/16 MilesDirt Nov 19, 2016
5th Road to the Kentucky Derby Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Stakes

Keeneland

I1 1/16 MilesDirt Oct 8, 2016

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