On the racetrack, Runhappy likes to go straight to the lead and stay there.
That's what he had done in all four of his starts since Maria Borell took over his training duties this year. Four races, four victories.
In the barn, it's a different story.
After Runhappy ran away with the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Saturday at Keeneland, his owner, James McIngvale, mentioned a video that was posted on the colt's Facebook page a couple of weeks ago.
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It features grooms in Runhappy's stable trying to rouse him one morning. And he doesn't budge.
"He was late for a workout and they couldn't wake him up," McIngvale said. "That video has had four and a half million views, so he's very popular."
He was also popular at Keeneland on Saturday — the 8-5 favorite — but, in the early going, he was more like that sleepy Runhappy than the one his connections have become accustomed to seeing on race day.
The 3-year-old son of Super Saver didn't break particularly well, and he was forced to settle into third behind 28-1 shot Holy Boss and 7-2 second-choice Private Zone.
For a colt who hasn't trailed in a race since January — and rarely trails anything when he's awake — this was uncharted territory.
"Even when he's with a lead pony at home, he wants to be in the front," Borell said. "If we walk him back to the paddock with a pony or a horse, he wants to be in front of him. That's where his mind goes. 'I want to be in the lead.'
"We pretty much trained him the same. We had a Plan B, we had to use it. And thank God it worked."
Borell — a 32-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., who was saddling her first Breeders' Cup competitor — acknowledged concern when she saw Runhappy and jockey Edgar Prado come out of the turn with a couple of lengths still to make up.
She also expressed total confidence in Prado, and she knew her colt would be OK once she saw him get clear.
Runhappy, the only one in the 14-horse field not on Lasix, zeroed in on Private Zone and blew right past him to win the Sprint in a track-record time of 1:08.58.
Private Zone held for second and 23-1 shot Favorite Tale got up for third place.
It was the fifth straight victory for Runhappy, who prepped for the Sprint with a win in the Grade III Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 2.
McIngvale said Runhappy will be back for a 4-year-old campaign, and Borell thinks he has more in him.
"Our plan is to stretch him out," she said. "I think he'll be a brilliant miler."