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First Dude Arrives at Belmont Park

First Dude leads the field in the 2010 Preakness

Preakness runner-up First Dude arrived at Belmont Park early Saturday morning and at 8:30 a.m. was munching away on hay in his stall in Mike Maker’s barn. Plans call for the Stephen Got Even colt to jog Sunday, and then gallop up to next Saturday’s final tuneup for the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 5.


“He shipped in well,” said Tammy Fox, exercise rider and assistant to trainer Dale Romans. “Dale will come in Friday and watch him work on Saturday. He’ll go out sometime after the renovation break [8:45 a.m.].”


Owned by Donald R. Dizney, First Dude is one of two “Dudes” being pointed to the 1 ½-mile Belmont, the other being the Lone Star Derby winner Game On Dude. Owned by Bernard Schiappa, J. Terrence Lanni, Mercedes Stable and Diamond Pride LLC, Game On Dude is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park on June 2, said his Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert.


“He’s doing great,” said Baffert, who won the 2001 Belmont with Point Given.



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Older Comments about First Dude Arrives at Belmont Park...

The key to First Dude in the Belmont is energy distribution. The majority of his races have been fast early/slow late. He cannot do that and survive the Test of Champions.
I think he'll be alone but HOW alone?
I liked this one at the speed favorint Pimlico but at his longer distacne on a fair track, I don't know unless he is alone on the lead again.

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