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Are You Kidding Me (#4, center) captures the 2018 Eclipse S. (G2) - Michael Burns photography
Are You Kidding Me wins Eclipse S. (G2) for third time
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Run Away and Hide's all-time leading earner Are You Kidding Me kicked off his 2018 stakes campaign with his third lifetime win in the $175,000 Eclipse S. (G2) on Saturday at Woodbine.

The seemingly ageless 8-year-old has now won eight graded stakes and placed in a total of 19 in his illustrious career. His earnings stand at $1,191,536 for his owner/breeders Ron Kirk, John Bates and Mike Riordan. 

Ridden by Rafael Hernandez for trainer Roger Attfield, Are You Kidding Me was third through the first half-mile, then engaged Gigantic Breeze for the lead. Side by side around the turn, Are You Kidding Me made the lead at the top of the stretch, then held off a strong challenge by Melmich to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:43.14 for the 1 1/16-miles on the synthetic surface.

“We got a good trip, the first time we saved ground,” said Hernandez after the race. “All down the backside my main thing was just to get my horse clear. I was loaded so I just didn’t want to keep holding him inside. I had to make a move early to make sure he got a clear trip. In the race, he just did it himself, he switched to the lead and he just stretched his legs turning for home and he ran unbelievable.” 

In addition to his three Eclipse wins, Are You Kidding Me has won the Autumn S. (G2) twice, as well as the Nijinsky S. (G2), Kent S. (G3) and Durham Cup (G3).