Ronald Kirk, John Bates and Michael Riordan’s homebred Are You Kidding Me was the easy winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Durham Cup at Woodbine, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths under Alan Garcia. The 6-year-old son of Run Away and Hide covered nine furlongs over the Tapeta in 1:49.10 for trainer Roger Attfield.
Garcia had a good break aboard Are You Kidding Me, and was able to tuck the horse into a stalking position just behind the front-running Decision Day and Nipigon all the way through the backstretch. Decision Day held a half-length advantage through fractions of :24.70 and :49.05, while Freitag and Up With The Birds followed the favored Are You Kidding Me in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Rounding the turn for home, Are You Kidding Me ranged up three wide on the leaders, taking the lead at the top of the stretch. Freitag went four-wide and made the strongest challenge, while Up With The Birds was briefly blocked behind horses and afterward was not able to threaten the winner. Are You Kidding Me needed little encouragement to widen his margin nearing the wire, and drew off to win handily by about 2 1/2 lengths. Freitag was a good second, and Up With The Birds finished third.
Bred in Kentucky by his owners as well as Greg McDonald and Shaw and Sones, Are You Kidding me recorded his eighth lifetime victory in the Durham Cup, having finished third in the race last year. His overall record stands at 8-5-6 from 30 starts, with earnings of over $ 900,000.
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