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Are You Kidding Me adds Durham Cup (G3) to resume
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Are You Kidding Me, Run Away and Hide's champion older horse of 2015 in Canada, chalked up Graded Stakes win number six with an easy score in Saturday's $162,000 Durham Cup S. (G3) at Woodbine.

Are You Kidding Me was on the outside in the gate in the field of five going 1 1/8-miles, and Alan Garcia took the 6-year-old back off the pace. In the clear and under a very confident ride, Are You Kidding Me edged closer to the leaders on the far turn, then swiftly took over the lead in the stretch and out-classed the competition in the final furlong to win going away.

The final time on the fast main track was 1:49.10, just a second off the track record.

"The trip was perfect. He was happy to sit behind the speed. He was so comfortable and I was waiting to turn for home to let him run," said Garcia.

"He's an amazing horse. I can move him whenever I want," continued the winning rider. "You can put him in the lead, put him behind horses or put him in last. He's not a rough horse, he's a very nice horse. He's been unbelievable."

"He's a charming horse to train," said winning trainer Roger Attfield. "I've had him since day one. I can train him any way I want to train him. He can work in :58 or in 1:03. He's just a lovely horse and I really love him." 

Bred in Kentucky by John Bates, Ron Kirk, Greg McDonald & Riordan, Shaw & Sones, Are You Kidding Me banked $90,000 in victory while improving his record to 8-5-6 from 30 career starts. His earnings now stand at $892,320, making him Run Away and Hide's all-time leading earner.