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First Dude Wins US Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup
Multiple US Gr1-placed 4YO entire First Dude (Stephen Got Even-Run Sarah Run, by Smart Strike) finally notched his initial Gr1 triumph (after 5 Gr1-placings last season) when he gained the judge’s decision in a 3-way photo-finish to the US$500,000 Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (10 furlongs on all-weather) at Hollywood Park in California. First Dude (ridden by Martin Garcia for trainer Bob Baffert) scored by a nose from front-running 4YO gelded stable-mate Game On Dude (Awesome Again-Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due) with a further neck to favoured fellow 4YO entire Twirling Candy (Candy Ride-House Of Danzing, by Chester House). First Dude took his record to 4 wins (also including May’s Gr3 Alysheba Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs) & 9 placings (including 2010’s Gr1 Belmont Stakes over 12 furlongs at Belmont Park, Gr1 Preakness Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Pimlico, Gr1 Travers Stakes over 10 furlongs at Saratoga, Gr1 Haskell Invitational Handicap over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park, Gr1 Blue Grass Stakes over 9 furlongs at Keeneland & Gr2 Pennsylvania Derby over 9 furlongs at Philadelphia Park) from 17 starts for US$1,442,140 earnings.