Super Dude bears a striking resemblance to Ol’ Man River – he just keeps rolling along.
At the ripe old age of nine, the First Dude gelding won at a mile and a sixteenth at Penn National Friday night, and raised his hard-to-believe record to 13-12-15 in 66 starts; that’s 61 percent in the money. With Inoel Beato in the saddle, Super Dude enjoyed a comfortable trip in third down the backstretch, went wide on the turn, and coasted to the wire three lengths in front, clocked in 1:44.81. He paid $4.60 and added $7,080 to his bank account, which now stands at $514,026 and makes him a prominent member of First Dude’s $200,000 club.
At Gulfstream Park, Here Comes Bullet scored a three-length victory in a seven-furlong test, after he had finished second in his three previous starts. With Jose Morelos aboard, the 6-year-old gelding bred by Dr. Thomas L. Croley stalked the early pace in the three path, took the overland route turning for home, and edged away late, clocked in 1:23.80.
Here Comes Bullet paid $13.80 and earned a check for $11,700, increasing his career total to $112,920 on a record of 6-5-6 in 29 starts. In 2023, he’s 2-3-1 in six starts, all at Gulfstream. First Dude has 37 winners this year who have won 70 races. Overall, his runners have visited the winner’s circle 958 times.