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Banner Day for First Dude Coast-to-Coast and North of the Border
Published: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Yesterday was an important day in the 2020 statistical life of First Dude as six sons and daughters of the stallion by Stephen Got Even competed at tracks around the continent. Three of them won, one finished third and two finished fourth, enhancing First Dude's progeny earnings to the tune of $63,091 and raising his total for the year to $1,912,614.

The three winners boosted First Dude's leading Florida total to 56, six better than second-place Brethren. 

Victories by the filly Due North (at Woodbine) and colt First Prez (at Santa Anita) were eerily similar in nature. (1) Both are 3-year-olds who were making their first career start. (2) Both had a sizzling bullet work, each on a morning when there were 11 works at their distance. Due North sped four furlongs in 46 seconds flat at Woodbine and First Prez went three furlongs in :34.80 at the San Luis Rey Training Center. (3) Due North's race went off at 6:11, First Prez's just three minutes later

Due North, a $20,000 OBS June 2-year-old, went wire-to-wire in :58.91 for 5 furlongs under Patrick Husbands and won by 2 1/4 lengths. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, she earned $7,500 in Canadian funds, $5,709 when converted into U. S. cash. 

First Prez, owned and bred by Donald Dizney, stumbled leaving the gate and was off sixth with Umberto Rispoli. He moved up to fifth on the turn, then closed like an express train to get to the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of the even-money favorite. He raced 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass in an excellent 1:02.97, paid $10.20, and earned a check for $33,000. 

Later in the evening, Illinois-bred 6-year-old What's Up Dude handled the muddy track at Hawthorne to get his 8th career victory, despite a 6 1/2-furlong horror trip that wound up with him surviving a 10-minute steward's inquiry. The gelding bred by Larry Rivelli and Richard Ravin began by being bumped leaving the gate, then was involved in a bumper-car-type incident in the stretch involving four other runners. He went on to win by a neck, and in the end, the stewards blamed it on everybody and What's Up Dude raised his record to 8-6-2 in 34 starts. The $21,000 paycheck increased his earnings to $275,756; he's 13th best among all First Dude runners and isn't far out of the top 10.        



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Gone West / Midway Squall
by Storm Bird
$3,000 Live Foal
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Stephen Got Even / Run Sarah Run
by Smart Strike
G1-Winning Millionaire and Classic Colt
$7,500 Live Foal