First Dude’s Runners 11 Away From 1,000 Winners’ Circle Visits

    First Dude is only 11 away from having his sons and daughters rack up 1,000 visits to the winners’ circle. Impacto became No. 989 yesterday, going wire-to-wire in a $54,000 allowance optional claimer at Tampa Bay Downs.

    The 5-year-old gelding bred by Jose Manuel Contreras broke his maiden in his first career start by 4 1/4 lengths on April 2 of last year and was claimed out of the race by trainer Craig R. Smith for just $10,000. With yesterday’s victory in his first return to Oldsmar since then, Impacto raised his record to 6-2-2 in 12 starts, and the check for $34,450 increased his career earnings to $96,306. And in a strange twist, Smith lost the gelding for $32,000 to Tampa’s perennial leading trainer, Gerald Bennett and his Winning Stable.

    Impacto’s sixth victory, under Jesus Castanon, was accomplished in 1:39.00 for the mile and 40 yards, and he received his best Equibase ‘E’ speed figure – a 101. He won by two lengths and paid $8 after a ton of late money knocked him down from his morning line of 10-1.