01/27/2011 8:16PM

Santa Anita: Rafael and Bob show


Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his third winner and trainer Bob Baffert had his second win when Game On Dude returned from a layoff of nearly eight months to win an optional claimer over 1 1-16 miles in Thursday's seventh race.

Game On Dude ($3) rallied wide through the stretch to win by 1 1-4 lengths over When we Met, finishing in 1:40.77.

Game On Dude, making his first start since a fourth in the Belmont Stakes last June, was fourth on the first turn, and as far back as fifth on the backstretch. On the second turn, Game On Dude moved to fourth-place, while racing wide and continued on that path befoe taking the lead in the final sixteenth.

Earlier in the day, Bejarano rode Hey Elvis to a dead-heat win in the third race, and won the fourth on the Baffert-trained Mythical Power.