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It's Winking at Thedude By a Nose, and a Win Price of $75
Published: Saturday, April 27, 2019

In his first six career starts, Winking at Thedude was highly competitive, registering one victory, two seconds, a third and a fourth. Then he spent 10 months on the sidelines, before returning at Gulfstream Park on April 14. In that race, when the gate opened, the 4-year-old First Dude gelding broke awkwardly and stumbled, and was never in the hunt thereafter. So, when he made his second start yesterday in a $47,000 allowance optional claiming race at a flat mile, he was ignored at the windows, going off at 36-1.

It turned out to be a big mistake by the wagering public. Winking at Thedude sat a comfortable trip in fourth place down the backstretch, and when favorite Vincero moved toward the lead on the turn, Leonel Reyes sent Winking at Thedude after the even-money choice and the two battled nose-to-nose the entire length of the stretch. After a long wait to sort out the photo, the First Dude gelding had won by half a nose and had his number put up, along with a win price of $75. At the wire, if your eyes were blinking, you missed Winking get the nod

Winking at Thedude is now 2-2-1 in eight career starts and the $28,700 winner's check boosted his earnings to $82,800. He's his sire's 27th winner of 2019 as First Dude secured his position in second place on the Florida sire list. 



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