First Dude

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

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

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

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

What’s Up Dude is 8 – and Better Than Ever

    At the tender age of eight, What’s Up Dude shows no sign of slowing down. The First Dude gelding scored his 10th career victory yesterday in a $57,040 allowance optional claimer at Hawthorne, and accomplished it in an eye-catching 1:09.80 for the six furlongs.      With Rocco Bowen pitching in with a

El Zopilote Picks Them Clean at Laurel

    The English translation of El Zopilote is “The Buzzard,” and the First Dude colt of the same name picked them clean in the ninth race at Laurel Park yesterday.     With Maclovio Enrique Jr. riding, the 4-year-old bred by Red Oak Stable was off well in the 5 1/2-furlong race, settling into

With Neigh Dude, Cedeno Shows Her Rivals How to Use the Rail

    The list of trainers who would rather their horses didn’t draw the No. 1 post is quite long, but Carol Cedeno proved last evening their fears are unfounded if their riders know how to make the best of it.      Aboard the 3-year-old gelding Neigh Dude in an $18,000 starter optional claimer