If there was to be a vote to determine which of First Dude’s runners should become his poster child for longevity, it would have to go to Super Dude.
The gelding bred by Moreau Bloodstock International is nine years old, comes from First Dude’s initial crop of 2014, and with yesterday’s victory at Parx factored in, he has registered an eye-opening record of 14-12-15 in 67 starts. Even more stunning is the fact that at the age of nine, he’s 3-1-4 in 15 starts this year, winning the last two. With yesterday’s check for $12,000 factored in, his earnings have reached $526,026, and he’s First Dude’s sixth leading money-winner.
Inoel Beato was aboard for victory No. 14, and Super Dude, carrying high weight of 125 pounds, broke last in the race at a mile and 70 yards, but Beato was able to move him up with a strong run down the backstretch. He went into the turn very wide, continued the run down the lane and nailed the leader nearing the wire, winning by half a length. He was clocked in 1:46.11 and paid a generous $20.80 considering he had been 2-0-2 in his previous four races.