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First Dude’s Flora Dora
 Rolls in My Dear Girl Stakes
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Flora Dora broke her maiden in style Oct. 3, taking down top prize in the $500,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Sire Stakes series at Gulfstream Park and leading an all First Dude exacta in the lucrative FSS finale.

Bred by Don Dizney’s Double Diamond Farm and owned by Coffepot Stables, the promising 2-year-old filly is from the first crop of Double Diamond Farm stallion First Dude, as is My Dear Girl runner-up Enterprising Lady.

The FSS result vaulted First Dude to the top of Florida’s first-crop sire ranks with progeny earnings of $781,132. First Dude ranks second on the national list, trailing only Uncle Mo.

Sixth after pressing the pace in her seven-furlong debut at Saratoga Sept. 6, Flora Dora relished the added distance of the My Dear Girl, rolling to a 1 ½-length win under Matthew Rispoli in the 1 1/16-mile fixture. The victory, accomplished from off the pace in 1:47.22, also provided trainer Marialice Coffey with her first stakes score and initial victory of 2015.

"She broke good," said Rispoli. "I just let her settle and go at her own pace. When I got to the five-eighths pole, they started backing up to me. I was a little worried I was going to start clipping heels, and around the far turn, I started clipping heels. I was looking for a hole, and I couldn’t find one until we straightened down the lane. I just tucked her outside, and she ran."

The $300,000 winner’s share of the My Dear Girl purse boosted Flora Dora’s earnings to $300,332.

"Since the beginning of time, since they broke her, they had this race picked for her and so they were going on with this one,” Coffey explained. “Even though we didn’t do what we wanted to do at Saratoga, we at least wanted to keep up with the plan and come here, and the rest is history."

Roger Brand, general manager of Double Diamond, said of the FSS winner, "Mr. Dizney and the team at Double Diamond Farm couldn't be more pleased for Flora Dora’s success. It was a tough decision to sell her at Saratoga last year, but we knew she was a great looking filly and represented First Dude really well. Mr. Dizney does have a full sister to Flora Dora right behind her."

Enterprising Lady broke her maiden at first asking in August, defeating a maiden special weight field at Gulfstream by 1 ¼ lengths for Aurora Racing and trainer Ralph Nicks.

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