First Dude Picks Up $44,200 and Passes $26 Million Lifetime

    Picking Up Pennies did the job for First Dude, winning at Gulfstream Park under Edgard Zayas and earning a check for $44,200, at the same time sending his sire’s career progeny earnings to $26,002,547 and giving his runners 983 visits to the winner’s circle.

    Picking Up Pennies, an 8-year-old gelding bred by Jesus Rodriguez, went out for the lead in the $70,000 allowance optional claimer at a flat mile, put up a :23.69 for the quarter, then continued on in front, held off three rivals in the stretch, and scored by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:36.54. The $30,000 OBS October yearling paid $8.80 and raised his bank account to $267,838 on a record of 7-4-1 in 17 starts.