First Dude Moves to 3rd on Florida Sire List

    After spending the first half of the 2023 season in fourth place on Florida’s leading sire list, First Dude has moved up to third with progeny earnings of $1,571,766, and is on pace for a $3 million year.

    Fivefive Six Champ is First Dude’s latest winner – No. 29 – accomplished with a sterling wire-to-wire performance at Gulfstream Park under Kentucky Derby-winning rider Sonny Leon. The 4-year-old gelding hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in his first 11 starts, all at Gulfstream, but indicated he was ready for a good one with a second, two thirds and two fourths in his previous five tries. 

    Fivefive Six Champ jumped out to the lead in the race at seven furlongs, then put up fractions of :23.52, :46.38 and 1:11.12 while en route to a seven-length score in a solid 1:23.77. Bred by Tom McCrocklin in Ocala, and owned by Champion Equine for his entire career, the gelding paid $4.20 and received his best Equibase ‘E’ speed figure in his 12 starts, an 82.