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John D. & John D. Jr. Gunther

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  • Born: John D. Gunther: Aug. 25, 1945, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Versailles, Ky.
  • Family: adult children – Nicole, Tanya and John D. Jr. “Pretty much the entire family is involved,” said Tanya Gunther. “I own horses under my company name, Eurowest Bloodstock, and spend a lot of time in Kentucky these days but we are all involved to some degree. The whole family loves the game.”
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  • Gunther has owned two Breeders' Cup starters ... American Chance was 8th in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint and Wall Street Dancer was 9th in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
  • Gunther is targeting a return to the Breeders' Cup with Last Gunfighter, a mutliple graded stakes winner in 2013 ... The homebred colt has won a trio of G3 stakes in 2013, the Iselin, Pimlico Special and Excelsior ... An owner for roughly 25 years, Gunther considers Last Gunfghter his best runner to date.
  • Gunther has 15 horses in training, mostly with Chad Brown and Stephen Lister.
  • Gunther and his son, John Jr., bred  2011 Travers Stakes (G1) winner Stay Thirsty, who also took the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) and Gotham Stakes (G3). The Bernardini colt finished fifth in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 11th in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic for owner Mike Repole ... He won the 2012 Cigar Mile (G1) in his final start and finished a close second in that year's Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
  • In 2011, Gunther raced homebred Devil by Design in partnership with daughter Tanya’s Eurowest Bloodstock and Tony Chedraoui. The Medaglia d'Oro filly, who was bred in partnership with Fred Sahadi, captured the Chicago Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park.
  • Glennwood Farm sold Stay Thirsty at the 2009 Keeneland September sale for $160,000 to Whitehorse Stables/Foye Genetics. Acting as agent, trainer Todd Pletcher then purchased Stay Thirsty for $500,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale from agent Scanlon Training Center.
  • Gunther also bred Grade 1 winners Stevie Wonderboy and First Samurai, first and third, respectively, in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Stevie Wonderboy won that year’s Eclipse Award as the top 2-year-old in North America.
  • He has been part of numerous ownership groups and was instrumental in enticing John Toffan, a fellow Vancouver stockbroker, and Trudy McCaffery into the owners' ranks. Among their standouts were Grade 1 winners Bien Bien, Free House and Came Home. Gunther has raced two Kentucky Derby starters – multiple graded stakes winners Kimberlite Pipe and homebred Eye Of The Tiger, and both ran fifth.
  • Purchased Wall Street Dancer as a yearling and the colt finished ninth in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park. He later won the 1992 Pan American Handicap (G2) and Bowling Green Handicap (G2).
  • Gunther also campaigned American Chance, winner of 1992 Jersey Derby (G2) and 1993 Forego Handicap (G2), in partnership with fellow Vancouver businessman Hugh Harlington. American Chance finished eighth in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint.
  • Other stakes winners raced include multiple Grade 2 winner Bending Strings, Grade 3 winner Molto Vita, and Grade 2 victor Two Trail Sioux, the latter owned in partnership with longtime friend Don Winton, former chairman of the Pacific Racing Association.
  • In 1991, he bought out partner Ole Nielsen in a 215-acre farm in Versailles, Ky., and changed the name from Canmor to Glennwood Farm. Glennwood Farm now consists of more than 300 acres in Versailles, Ky., and the farm is involved in breeding, sales prep and consignment, breaking and training, and lay-ups.
  • Glennwood stands homebred stallion Eye of the Tiger, who won the 2003 Affirmed Handicap (G3) and 2004 Washington Park Handicap (G2).
  • In Canada, he owns a farm in Langley where he bred the local stakes winners Bold Advice, C.T. Express, Bold Issue, Dixie Premiere, Jolly Taxpayer and Bay St Dancer.
  • Raised on a farm in Alberta, Gunther attended races at Vancouver's Hastings Racecourse in his 20s while working as a longshoreman on the Vancouver waterfront for three years. He later became a stock broker and bought a Thoroughbred mare named Odette to use as a riding horse. He decided to breed her and when she produced a winner he was hooked for life.
  • Is the president of Jones, Gable & Company Ltd., a stock brokerage and investment banking firm in Vancouver.
  • Was elected to the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Breeders' Cup Record

2005JuvenileFirst Samurai3rd
 JuvenileStevie Wonderboy1st

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