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 Star Park after a six-month layoff to make it 22, third best among all Florida stallions. 

    Grandma’s Pudding, owned and bred by Jacks or Better Farm, had Edwin Gonzalez aboard for a mile and 70-yard trip over the Tapeta track after the $25,000 claimer was taken off the turf. The 3-year-old filly didn’t race at two and came into her fourth outing following a third and two fourths. She won by three lengths in 1:43.27 and paid $5.80, earning a check for $17,800.

  Mountain Breeze, bred in California by Donald Dizney, had posted three seconds at Gulfstream racing in the Double Diamond colors, and paid $32.20 for his first score, accomplished in 1:12.70 for the six furlongs for new owner Delis Carpio. The 5-year-old gelding won by a neck under Simon Camacho-Benitez, collected $7,560, and left First Dude just $6,000 short of reaching $800,000 in progeny earnings for the year.