Spendthrift Farm’s Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up sired his first winner on June 1 when B. B. Dude captured a $51,000 maiden special weight at Churchill Downs in his career debut.
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In the colors of owner Jerry Durant, B. B. Dude broke alertly and raced in third position early, just off the dueling leaders. He swung three-wide on the far turn and took command at the head of the lane before going on to score by three-quarters of a length over stablemate Carter Cat, stopping the clock for the five-furlong event in :59.37. Ricardo Santana Jr. piloted B.B. Dude for trainer Steve Asmussen.
A $105,000 yearling acquisition by Durant, B. B. Dude was bred in Kentucky by Sally Thomas and New Dawn Stable and is produced from the Unbridled’s Song mare Purrfect Song, a sister to Grade 2 winner and multiple Grade 1-placed Santa Catarina.
A precocious juvenile, Shakin It Up broke his maiden as a 2-year-old at Santa Anita. He won the San Vicente S. (G2) in 1:22.48 in his 3-year-old bow and earned his biggest career victory in Santa Anita’s Malibu S. (G1), stopping the clock in a lively 1:20.53, earning a 106 Beyer, one of the highest Beyers by a 3-year-old that year. As a 4-year-old, Shakin It Up stretched out around two turns to win the Strub S. (G2), and the three-time Graded stakes winner retired with career earnings of $664,982.
Shakin It Up is by Champion Sprinter Midnight Lute out of Silver Bullet Moon, a daughter of two-time champion and Hall of Famer Silverbulletday. He stands for $5,000 live foal. For more information about Shakin It Up, please contact Des Dempsey or Mark Toothaker at 888-816-8787, or visit spendthriftfarm.com.