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First Dude's Leading Race-Winners Add to Their Totals
Published: Friday, August 7, 2020

In a rare coincidence, First Dude's top two race winners both showed up in the entries yesterday - Starship Apollo at Gulfstream Park and Rogue Too at Indiana Grand - and both added to their impressive records. Starship Apollo scored at 6 1/2 furlongs for his leading 15th career victory, and Rogue Too changed her racing tactics to break her tie for second with Skye Diamonds, getting victory No. 11. 

Starship Apollo, bred by former FTBOA president Leverett Miller and his wife, Linda, was a $27,000 OBS Winter yearling in 2014 and is still going strong at the age of seven. Unraced at two, he made 11 starts at three, 12 at four, 13 at five, 11 at six, and yesterday's victory came in his ninth start this year. His record is 15-7-7 in 56 tries and the latest check of $11,700 brought his total to $241,305, 14th most among all First Dude runners. 

In yesterday's race, Leonel Reyes took Starship Apollo back to fifth place after the break, then went after the leaders with a strong four-wide run on the turn following speedy fractions of :22.44 and :45.04. He took the lead at the head of the stretch and continued on to a one-length score in 1:17.13. 

Rogue Too has been the pace-setter in most of her starts, so much so that she even surprised track announcer Bill Downes when bug boy Kendal Sterritt eased her back to fifth after she broke well from the No. 1 post in the $30,000 starter allowance. After racing about five lengths off the pace down the backstretch in the 1 1/16th-mile turf race, Sterritt, aboard Rogue Too for the first time, hit the pedal for a wide move on the turn. The 4-year-old filly responded with a six wide run into the stretch, took a short lead at the eighth pole and went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Rogue Too had won six in a row from Oct. 22 to March 14, and is now 11-4-2 in 31 starts. With earnings of $192,640 she appears to be destined to become the 17th runner to join First Dude's $200,000 club.   

    

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