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First Dude Gets Lucky 13th Winner at Gulfstream
Published: Monday, February 17, 2020

First Dude extended his Florida lead in the winners' department when Winking at Thedude took advantage of a change in racing surfaces from the turf to the main track in the last race at Gulfstream Park yesterday. 

When the raced was switched to one mile on the dirt, Winking at Thedude moved in from the No. 14 post to No. 6 after eight horses scratched out of the race. Cristian Torres took the 5-year-old gelding back to next-to-last down the backstretch, but began to close the gap on the leaders coming to the turn. A bold run nearing the top of the stretch propelled Winking at Thedude into the lead, and he held off the closers to the wire to score by one-half length, paying off at $5.40.

He became the 13th winner for First Dude since Jan. 1, and raised his record to 3-6-2 in 17 starts. The winner's check of $16,600 boosted his career bank account to $147,800 and he'll be trying to improve on that total in a new barn, having been claimed for $25,000. 



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