All-Weather Tracks Make First Dude Gelding Happy

    The first time trainer Teresa Connelly entered Happyisashappydoes on an all-weather track was in his career debut at Presque Isle, and the 3-year-old gelding by First Dude finished second. He’s had four more outings since, all on all-weather surfaces, and his record is 2-2-0-1.

    The latest score for Happyisashappydoes came at Gulfstream Park in a $54,000 allowance optional claimer on Sunday, with Antonio Gallardo in the saddle. Gallardo lulled their rivals to sleep with a :25.16 quarter, then held them at bay with a half in :48.54 and six furlongs in 1:11.91. At the wire, the gelding bred by Eddy R. and Linda Martinez was a neck in front after a mile and 70 yards in 1:40.46. He paid $4.20 and earned a check for $32,400, lifting his total to $66,720.