Well, that certainly felt good! Lookin’ at Lucky turned the tables on Super Saver after his first clean trip in three races, and made a monster move around the far turn to overtake the surprisingly hot pace, which is almost certainly what cost Super Saver any chance here. But how impressive was First Dude? After setting decimating and entirely unexpected fractions, he still battled Lucky down the stretch and amazingly held on for the place spot ahead of a hard closing Jackson Bend and Yawanna Twist, who both also ran quite well close to the pace. Suffice to say I’m glad that First Dude’s distance Tomlinson number caught my eye and I ended up using him under Lucky in the exacta instead of Aikenite. Had I known that the first 1/4 was going to go in :46.2 I might have had a different opinion, but First Dude stayed the course anyway. Sweeeeet victory!

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