10/07/2013 11:52AM

Breeders' Cup Classic: Game On Dude leads repeat contenders

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Game On Dude, who hasn't raced since winning the Pacific Classic in late August, is the pre-race favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

After a flurry of important races on Sept. 29, this past weekend was a quiet one in regards to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic, with no races that impacted the field.

As present, it looks like approximately a dozen runners will be in the $5 million, 1 1/4-mile Classic, including five horses who ran in last year’s race – the first four finishers, plus the beaten favorite.

[BREEDERS’ CUP 2013: See DRF’s top contenders]

The first four, in order, were Fort Larned, Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, and Ron the Greek, while Game On Dude was the beaten favorite. Game On Dude has not lost since, and is currently considered the ante-post favorite for this year’s Classic. Like last year, this year’s Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita.

Game On Dude and Mucho Macho Man already are at Santa Anita. Fort Larned is at Churchill Downs, while both Flat Out and Ron the Greek are in New York. Fort Larned, Flat Out, and Ron the Greek are not scheduled to travel to California until early the week of the race.

Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup are due on Oct. 21, and are announced Oct. 23. Final entries are taken, and post positions drawn, on Oct. 28.

Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
I just watched the Charlestown Classic and the Santa Anita Handicap and the Jockey Gold cup. I had pretty much forgotten that Ron the Greek in the two races before his monster effort at Belmont. He didn't win the first two races but you know what happened at Belmont. He must either love Belmont or he has slowly approached some kind of peak!
Bravo_puppies More than 1 year ago
I subscribed. I pay more than $8 buying the local newspaper for a week. $8 a month to read the racing form every single day? Well worth it.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
THANKS FOR THE SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION. STEVE S "YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME" Your the guy that's going to turn this company around. HAHAHAH. Do you post a pick of every race on the card NO you don't. So we really don't know how your skills stack up to there's.
chad Steffy More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to seeing this guy fix the business model of wagering by making picks for DRF.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
IM SORRY CHAD lol, There is nothing wrong with being a poor handicapper anf posting bad picks. Posting comments about how the industry is failing and what can be done to fix it is ok. But when a guy says he is the guy to fix probably the most powerfull and influential company in horse racing history. You have to post comment on that. Deserves more than a reply. His reason is because he is a good handicaper. Like how do we know that?
Steve S More than 1 year ago
Here it is in a nutshell DRF...... The business model of wagering on horses is dying. If you want to fix it, FORGET THE ARTICLES. get better handicappers and "MAKE" people want to buy your paper! You know where to find me............. I am sure many, mnay people will gladly spend $8.00 for a DRF if they know they had a better than average chance to make money on a daily basis or month to month by simply making the wager(s) needed. Increased fanbase is the only thing that will save your model. NOT charging more! The people who buy your paper don't need to read the articles you are selling. Again....You know where to find me. You need handicappers.
Five More than 1 year ago
Wrong. We need less public handicappers. Like yourself, they are all jokes. Just give us the PP's and info. We do the handicapping.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Correcto learn along time lose your own money. Less public handicappers agreed. I have lost to much money on the inside-tip guy and public hcps. +1
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Yes sir, you are the handicapping genius to end all handicapping geniuses. Whoever you are talking about probably could not care less about finding you.
jon g More than 1 year ago
After looking at the possible contenders,this BC will be even worse than last year. Short fields(for the BC anyways) lots of faves and 4/5-1 shots,and once again a souped up speed/frontrunner bias.Not many Euros want to ship 6,000 miles to run on a rock hard "turf" course.The Classic has the same 4 favorites as last years historical weak field. My handle on the Cali. BC is about 1/3 of NY/KY.To me,another huge blow to racing,keeping it there for 3 years. And I made money last year,only because I hit the marathon and handled very little afterwards
AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy the few "A" listers like Dan, Mike and Jay but sorry not going to pay to read it...Since 1990 i have purchased over $1200.00 a year for either forms or books and have yet to been offered a discount on a single purchase, how is this good customer service??? Good luck in the near future DRF because where i'm sitting you guys are really going to need it :(
Perl More than 1 year ago
Poker is boring.
AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
So is betting on 4 horse fields on 8 card programs
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Outta Touch!!!...
Black More than 1 year ago
Look people if you have a pp plan you get the previews . If you don't you get the wrap ups . If you don't have a pp plan you probably don't bet much. If you don't bet much why do you care about the previews. You can still get the entries for free. Could it be that you want to make lots of comments and give prognostications on DRF previews but you don't want to spend any money for DRF product or make any bets ? :) The shoe clerks and kibitZers are out on the previews. Get over it. You people are like Michael Douglas in Falling Down . You're not economically viable ! LOL. Feel lucky they give you a free microphone after the race :)
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Dear DRF, I love the writing of your world class reporters. It's in the observations they bring to us that makes them so valuable to us as horse racing enthusiasts. I can't speak for the pro gamblers in terms of what their needs are but I suspect you are still able to "scratch" and satisfy where they need scratching most. (Scratching an itch = satisfying their needs btw). All I ask is that you take a hard look at what happened to the music biz when their business model came under "digital" assault. Their leaders (bless their hearts) were not equipped at all to understand the seismic impact of the size of the digital revolution they faced. In their defense, thse music industry leaders understood song structure and potential hits. They didn't understand bits and torrents. The movie biz seems to have learned a lot and are actually faring better than their musical cousins. Talk to them. See how you can bridge this digital divide that threatens a whole host of business models. The magazine biz is also suffering but you can look to Jeff Bezos at Amazon for clues as to what the future holds for you. He just bought the Washington Post as you well know. I have also read that Mr Warren Buffet is buying "small" papers with "local" foot prints. He believes they aren't going anywhere. Even though DRF is a national paper so to speak, I see you as local because you delve into all the local race tracks with nice detail. You should also take a look at how the Wall Street Journal has handled its paying site. I suspect that its readers as a whole have average incomes that surpass the average income of this paper but still, I would still look to see what I can learn from their transition to being owned by Mr Murdoch. I am rooting for your success. You must find a way to balance your paying articles and your free articles or risk sending your reading away in droves. The last thing you need is for some brilliant but opportunistic techie horse racing lover to co opt your space just because you didn't move on what seemed obvious to said opportunistic techie. Today thanks to what seemed very obvious to the legendary Steve Jobs (and not the music execs from 10 years ago) Apple Computer can honestly be called the most successful and dominant record company in the world. And this "title" is just one of it's "most successful and dominant" titles.. No one ever imagined that, except for Steve, of course! That's all it takes, dear DRF and poof, the end. That being said, It's a crazy new world we live in. Good luck DRF. Never lose your footing. You are a venerable paper that should survive. I enjoy reading your articles and I hope you can make it work. I'll be rooting for you, always!! :-))
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
The Wall Street Journal is a good and bad example. They can sell their magazine online as it contains the information and tools needed to keep track of a stock portfolio and closing prices and business articles that may be pertinent to making money decisions. DRF's articles for most of us don't meet that same criteria. They do have the tools that we use for handicapping. Past performances, charts, etc. They sell them, they are not free and they get too much for them now and are missing the boat on how to sell them online, charging too much for them opening the door to competitors. Gong to the site to read the articles just keeps us going to them, using them, and continuing their brand. If a prospective fan goes to the site and is locked out of reading the articles they are unlikely to use their product, past performances, and go elsewhere for that service and once comfortable and familiar with another is unlikely to use theirs. The very thing that is most important to DRF and which derives most of their income. I will not go further as I can't believe I give this stuff out for free. DRF does not know how to make money. Raising prices is not the answer and over charging is not the answer. What they need to worry about is people like me who grew up with the form so to speak and am familiar with it and reluctant to change. I just might look elsewhere and if I like it, then myself and scores more like me, might just say goodbye, and some dummy in the DRF office will be bragging about the extra $87 they got that month for article subscriptions, but the PP sales are down $187,000. And that genius will get a raise.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Folks. Its goes like this. Don't subscribe. That's all. I think its histerical how they'll print a free article about a race like The Champagne only to come back a day later with a Definately+ article about Honor Code. I for one don't take the bait. I rarely wager as I can't afford to. And don't have the time as duty calls. But seriously Definately. You are dealing with folks who but the Form at $7.50. And wager their $$ based upon that. Do you seriously believe folks gonna pay to read your ludicrous analysis? ?? Half or more of you guys can't spell racehorse on your staff. Let alone horseman. You're losing fans. I come here for dialog with fans. Not to here your long winded articles. I'm " in the loop". You're not giving me anything I can't get with a phone call. Smarten up. Not all handicappers are addicts. You can't give em free drugs one day and ask em to pay the next. They'll find another source. Bloodhorse. Brisnet. Horseracing Nation. Etc...get a grip. And Perl...you seriously think these guys have your interests in mind? WOW
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
P.S. MMM wins Classic over Ron The Greek...exacta box all day long!!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Definately--DRF
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Nice to see someone else chime in on this. I agree and I'll go further than usual as I'm in the mood. Have used the form for several decades. Loyal. I don't read the articles, I handicap and use the site to read at leisure. I'm good at it and work hard at it, I don't dawdle, I work. There is not a handicapper on DRF staff that could keep pace with me in the analysis and handicapping area. Would have never said that until now, and that is the truth. I don't give a crap about any of their handicapping opinions, but they should care that I visit the site and read it with respect that is now gone. They should also care about the $110 I spend a month on forms.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
And what is up with that Perl? He seems like the kind of guy that was the teachers pet, never got a traffic ticket, gets in any long line as it seems like the thing to do, and gets excited when his taxes go up. Why would anyone applaud higher prices.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
I quit buying the DRF years ago because they're never right on their selections. I've had MUCH better success watching HRTV and their insight. Got all the clues I needed to score the supers in Preakness, Belmont and Travers. All paid well too!