01/23/2011 3:09PM

First Dude sharpens for Sunshine Millions Classic

Barbara D. Livingston
First Dude is the likely favorite for Saturday's Sunshine Millions Classic.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It was a busy day on the workout front all around south Florida on Sunday.

Topping the long list of workers at Gulfstream Park were First Dude along with prospective Holy Bull starters Mucho Macho Man and Black n Beauty.

First Dude,  the likely favorite in Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 under exercise rider Alfonso Ramirez, completing his final furlongs in 12.20 seconds before double galloping out a mile in 1:40.60. 

“He did everything perfect, absolutely what we wanted,” said trainer Dale Romans. “He finished really strong. We wanted him to ease off and finish and he did.”

Mucho Macho Man posted a bullet workout at five furlongs shortly after the second renovation break, getting the distance in 59.02 after early splits of 23.71, 35.16, and 47.08. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.98. It was the third straight black letter work for Mucho Macho Man, runner-up in the Nashua and Remsen at 2.

Black N Beauty, an impressive entry-level allowance winner here earlier this month, breezed an easy half-mile in 49.00 for Romans.

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a trio of his top 3-year-old prospects to work up the turnpike at Palm Meadows, led by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up R Heat Lightning, who went five furlongs in 1:00.90. R Heat Lightning is expected to make her 3-year-old debut here next week in the Grade 2 Forward Gal.

Pletcher also breezed a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds, Brethren and Travelin Man. Brethren went five furlongs in 1:03.70 with Travelin Man getting an easy half in 52.60. Brethren, perfect in two starts at 2, could make his first start of 2011 next month at Tampa Bay Downs in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis while Travelin Man may return off his easy debut win in the seven- furlong Hutcheson on Feb. 26.

At Calder, trainer Marty Wolfson gave four of his horses their final preps for the Sunshine Millions. All went four furlongs.  Pickapocket was timed in 49.80 for the Turf, Amazing 50.60 for the Distaff, and both Speak Easy Gal (49.20) and Omega Cat (49.80) for the Filly and Mare Turf.

Wolfson will also run Jessica Is Back in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

                Entries for all six Sunshine Millions races, three each at Gulfstream and Santa Anita, were to be drawn late Sunday afternoon.