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First Dude leads Sunshine Millions Classic Field

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First Dude will attempt to finally pick up the first non-maiden win of his career in Saturday's Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.  Since his maiden breaking win at Gulfstream at the end of January 2010, First Dude has finished 2nd four times and 3rd another four times.  He helped set the pace in the Breeders' Cup Classic only to fade to a well-beaten 8th

If  First Dude attempts to use an early speed style in this race he'll once again find himself with company up front as both Tackleberry and Birdrun both prefer to run up front (Tackleberry has the best speed of the two and will likely be the leader heading into the first turn).  On the other hand, a lot of the horses in this field prefer winning from off-the-pace which could give First Dude an advantage if he were to employ a stalking style.

Duke of Mischief picked up three graded stakes win sduring 2010 and that alone gives him a big edge on this field.  His win in the Grade 3 Fort Lauderdale was an off-the-turf affair but the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and the Grade 3 Iselin both came at the same distance as the Classic.

Jerry Hollendorfer's Honour The Deputy is one of the more intriguing entries in the Classic field.  This four-year-old gelding by Honour and Glory has just four starts under his belt but he's run credibly in all four and looks ready to step up to stakes quality competition.  He's come from well back in most of his races but he doesn't have a tremendous turn of foot when he begins to make his run; Honour The Deputy is much more of a grinder.

Johnny V. grabs the mount on Honour and Glory for the first time on Saturday.

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Entires for the rest of the Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita can be found below the jump.  Some of the more notable names on the card are:

  • Jessica Is Back and Amen Hallelujah are among eleven in the Filly and Mare Sprint.
  • Askbut I Won'ttell, winner of the Grade 3 Cardinal Hcp. and Grade 3 My Charmer will contest the Filly and Mare Turf along with Dynaslew, winner of the Grade 2 Ballston Spa and Grade 3 Beaugay.
  • Cost of Freedom, who put up a 115 Beyer while winning the listed Miles Tyson at Hollwood last time out, leads the field for the Sprint.
  • Pickapocket, 2nd in the Sunshine Millions Turf in 2010, ships in from Florida to take another shot this year.  He'll have to contend with Jeranimo, winner of the Grade 2 San Gabriel on December 17th, along with The Usual Q.T., third to Goldikova (IRE) in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Gulfstream #8 (4:16 / 1:16)
Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint

1.Wildcat Heiress
2. Broken Dreams
3. Belle of the Hall
4. Jessica Is Back
5. North Rodeo
6. Sweetlalaby
7. Amen Hallelujah
8. Aegean
9. My Irish Girl
10. Musical Romance
11. Feel That Fire

Gulfstream #9 (4:51 / 1:51)
Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf

1. Speak Easy Gal
2. Trip for A. J.
3. Unbridled Essence
4. Scolara
5. Askbut I Won'ttell
6. Wild Mia
7. Granted Tiger
8. Omega Cat
9. Dynaslew
10. Becky's Exchange
11. Romin Robin
12. Bran Jammas
13. Category Seven
14. Honeymoon Girl

AE  Jet Blue Girl


Santa Anita #5 (5:03 / 2:03)
Sunshine Millions Sprint

1. Amazombie
2. Caymbe
3. Cost of Freedom
4. Don Tito
5. Excessive Passion
6. Quick Enough
7. Apriority
8. Dance With Gable


Santa Anita #6 (5:34 / 2:34)
Sunshine Millions Turf

1. Pickapocket
2. Mobilized
3. Jeranimo
4. Soul Candy
5. Caracortado
6. No Inflation
7. The Usual Q.T.
8. Precious Passion


Santa Anita #7 (6:05 / 3:05)
Sunshine Millions Distaff

1. Camille C.
2. Warren's Blossom
3. Briecat
4. Amazing
5. Antares World
6. All Due Respect
7. Evening Jewel
8. Lady Railride
9. Ultra Blend