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Spirit Wind Wins Second Stakes; Bahamian Squall Nears $500,000

    Not to be outdone by stablemate First Dude, Bahamian Squall has also added a pair of important winners on Preakness weekend, Bahamian Dude breaking his maiden at Woodbine on Friday and highly-promising Spirit Wind extending her winning streak to three with a smart victory on Saturday in the $65,000 Musical Romance Stakes at

First Dude Celebrates Preakness Weekend With a Pair of Maiden Winners

    First Dude added a pair of maiden-breaking winners to his 2022 ledger yesterday, getting Preakness weekend off to a flying start for Double Diamond’s premier stallion. Grandma’s Pudding captured the first race at Gulfstream Park to become the 21st winner for the son of Stephen Got Even, and Mountain Breeze returned at Lone

Ready to Runaway Returns to Finish 2nd in $50,000 Lady Slipper; Nearing $500,000

    When it comes to who owns the best filly or mare racing in Minnesota, John Mentz has the best of both worlds: he owns the top two. Mentz purchased Ready to Runaway, a daughter of First Dude, for a mere $4,000 at the 2017 Minnesota yearling sale, and Clickbait for $21,000 with partners

Age Isn’t Slowing Down Gio Sammy

    The chart on this page detailing First Dude’s top runners points out how many are still highly competitive at the ages of seven and eight.     Gio Sammy is nowhere near as accomplished in the earnings department as those on the list, but the 5-year-old gelding has been campaigning in Ohio, where

Famous Gent Has Flourished on Gulfstream’s Tapeta Surface

    The recent addition of the Tapeta surface at Gulfstream Park has proven to be quite beneficial for Famous Gent, a 4-year-old son of First Dude. In his first 13 starts, the gelding bred by Trilogy Stable and Eddie Plesa Jr. won just once. Then came the Tapeta, and seven of his last eight

Running Memories Much the Best in $60,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap

    The filly that Double Diamond Farm owner Donald Dizney purchased as a 2-year-old for $20,000 at the 2020 OBS July sale became Bahamian Squall’s leading money-winner yesterday with a near record-breaking performance at Gulfstream Park.     Running Memories first attracted attention when she broke her maiden by 2 1/2 lengths in her

Winking At Thedude Adds Thistledown to Winning Tracks

    In the first 43 starts of his six-year racing career, Winking At Thedude campaigned at seven tracks and won at least once at four of them – Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream West (the old Calder), Mahoning Valley and Mountaineer Park.     The 7-year-old from First Dude’s third crop made it five out of

Two Sharp Winners Propel Bahamian Squall Close to $2 Million

    Bahamian Girl stretched her winning streak to three in a $33,900 allowance race at Charles Town on Saturday, while Bahamian Moon and Lovielee finished 1-3 in a $24,000 starter allowance at Tampa Bay Downs. The result? Bahamian Squall is less than $8,000 from reaching the $2 million mark in career progeny earnings.   

Best A Luck Farm Strikes Gold with First Dude Colt

    A dark bay or brown colt by First Dude sold for $160,000 at the OBS Spring Sale last week. HIP#813, out of the Eurosilver mare Must Be Fate, was consigned by his breeder, Best A Luck Farm, and was purchased by Al Stall.      First Dude is currently fourth on the Florida

Laprida and Icy Dude Find Right Mojo at Parx Racing

    Jeremy Laprida and the gelding Icy Dude have teamed up to win two in a row at Parx Racing, where the son of First Dude has posted his best two Equibase ‘E’ speed figures over the past six months.   Icy Dude rolled to a 3 3/4-length score on March 8, receiving a