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Breeders' Cup Classic: Mike Smith regains mount on Game On Dude
By Jay Privman
Game On Dude, who bypassed the Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday to train straight into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, picked up the pace of his training on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita with a six-furlong drill in 1:12. It was his third drill since his victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. His previous two drills were at a half-mile.
Martin Garcia, who rode Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic, was aboard for the work, but Mike Smith, who had won five straight races on Game On Dude before the Pacific Classic, will get the mount back for the Breeders’ Cup, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday.
Smith had a conflict when Game On Dude last raced because of a commitment to ride Royal Delta the same day at Saratoga.
“Mike started the win streak with Dude, and I understand the loyalty he had for Royal Delta,” Baffert said. “This was always Mike’s horse, and Martin understands. Mike was there first.”
The person who has been able to deftly move all these chess pieces is agent Brad Pegram, who represents both Smith and Garcia.
Smith rode Palace Malice to a second-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday. Palace Malice is scheduled to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and now will need a replacement for Smith.
Baffert said Game On Dude “went really nice” is his drill Tuesday.
I'm sticking with Palace Malice and J.V., although Mike is a money rider [ none better ] P.M. is one of those dangerous ponies that can run in front or off the pace. Looking forward to B.C. day !
i will have my selection 4 hours before the race.way to soon to try to pick a race a month or so away.
Call me crazy but Paynter will win the Classic . The Classic will be the race that alludes Game on Dude.
anyone can ride game on dude to a win no offense to mike but I do not see him winning this classic.
Payter will be forgetton horse.....good...good..good..........but are you a macho macho man????????????????? you got to be the macho man...recent race over course.....
When you think of big races , you think of the best riders. Game on Dude and the Breeders Cup in his back yard again for the second straight year, Mike Smith please. To take off Garcia after that big performance in the Pacific Classic, well , IMO , connections regardless of win , lose or draw where going back to Smith, why ? Because he is the best rider for the job....
With JR Velazquez riding Palace Malice in the BC Classic, I think Cross Traffic is now out of the Classic and maybe pointing to the BC Dirt Mile. On the other hand, Royal Delta will now definitely pointing to the Distaff instead of the Classic.
I would've bet on Dude had Garcia remained on him for the BC Classic. Nothing against Smith and his streak, it's just that sometimes a jockey and horse just click that much better! I think that is the case with Garcia and Dude. Yes Smith has his streak, but against whom and not as definitive as Garcia was in the Pacific Classic. This was a surface that he had not liked previously! But I think that sometimes horses respond better to certain jockeys and I think this may cost the dude in the Classic. Garcia takes the speed along effortlessly and the case with Dude in the Pacific Classic best demonstrates how he and the horse elevated his ride! How else do you explain his rating under that speed and distance over a track he has historically not run great over also at 6 yrs of age! It's too bad for the owners and Garcia as I believed he would've won the Classic on his home track and also sealing up horse of the year honors!!! Mark this posting to refer back to on November 3rd and take note!
JV will be replacing Mike on Palace Malice
I like Ron The Greek even better now. I think that Baffert messed up this time. Garcia rode a beautiful race on the Dude and should have been able to ride him back. That was Mike's choice to take off. When a rider does you good you don't change.
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