Ruiz Had Putin Online Rushin’ to the Finish Line to Send First Dude Over $1 Million

    Veteran press box denizens have forever touted that bettors should never fall into the trap of wagering on runners with the names of friends or family, or addresses, phone numbers, passcodes, etc. However, Vladimir Putin might have been able to solve some of his recent financial woes by not heeding that advice yesterday

Sunset Paula Jo Wins in Puerto Rico for the 10th Time

    After selling for $1,200 at the OBS August yearling sale in 2016, Sunset Paula Jo started 29 times at eight racetracks around middle America, compiling a record of 6-2-0.     Claimed for $18,000 out of a winning race on May 17 of 2021, the now 7-year-old daughter of First Dude wound up

Two More Bahamian Squall Winners; at Monmouth and Gulfstream

    Bahamian Squall missed attaining his first million-dollar season in 2021 by about $95,000. Thanks to a pair of very different winners yesterday, the son of Gone West is well on his way to reaching that milestone this year; with less than six months gone, he’s up to $610,836 and is seventh among active

Lady Emily Explodes in First Tapeta Trip

    All it took for Don Dizney’s Lady Emily to break a five-race losing streak was her initial try over Gulfstream Park’s first-season Tapeta surface.      The 4-year-old daughter of First Dude had broken her maiden by 5 1/2 lengths more than a year ago, and hadn’t been better than fourth in her

Maryquitecontrary Sharp in Debut; First Dude Nearing $1 million

    First Dude moved to within $28,000 of reaching the million-dollar mark in 2022 progeny earnings when first-time starter Maryquitecontrary overcame a string of problems to break her maiden yesterday at Gulfstream Park.   The 3-year-old filly owned and bred by Dr. Rod Lundock was sent off at 12-1 with Luca Panici in the

Handicappers Fail to Get the Message, Running Memories Wins Again in Near-Record Time

    On May 8 at Gulfstream Park, Don Dizney’s Running Memories faced Miss Auramet in a $60,000 handicap at ‘about’ five furlongs on the grass. Running Memories, a 4-year-old filly by Bahamian Squall, went off at 9/2, while Miss Auramet was the prohibitive favorite at 3/5. The Double Diamond filly won the race by

Ready to Runaway Surpasses $500,000 in Canterbury Laugher

    With her stablemate and nemesis – Click Bait – not in the race, Minnesota-bred Ready to Runaway reached new heights at Canterbury Park last night, winning a $32,000 allowance optional claimer and leaving track announcer Paul Allen gushing.   As the 6-year-old daughter of First Dude was cruising down the stretch in front

He’s on the Fly Wins Battle of Favorites at Presque Isle

    The first race at Presque Isle yesterday turned into a two-horse affair right from the gate between 8/5 shot Echo Alpha Six and 6/5 He’s on the Fly, a 5-year-old gelding by Bahamian Squall. The outcome wasn’t determined until the final jump.     The duo quickly broke away from the field, and

Neigh Dude’s on a Roll; Won 3 of His Last 4

    Neigh Dude didn’t get to the winner’s circle in three tries as a 2-year-old, but he’s more than made up for it this season with three victories in four starts.      The First Dude gelding bred by Porter Racing Stable scored No. 3 at Delaware Park yesterday after previous victories at Penn

O’Brien’s Strong Stretch Turf Run Gets First Dude Winner No. 25

    O’Brien closed out a highly-successful month of May for First Dude with a monster run through the stretch at Parx Racing yesterday to get winner No. 25 for the stallion by Stephen Got Even, at the same time putting him in position to break the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for 2022