08/05/2012 4:58PM

Del Mar: Game On Dude appears primed for Pacific Classic

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Game On Dude, winning the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths, is being pointed to the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26.

DEL MAR, Calif.- Game On Dude is fit and ready for the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 26.

After Game On Dude worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert said he wished the race was sooner.

“He’s staying in the groove,” Baffert said. “He really likes this track. I’ve got to keep him on that track for three weeks.”

The winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 7, and two other stakes earlier this year, Game On Dude is the likely favorite for the Pacific Classic, which is run over 1 1/4 miles.

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Game On Dude is one of 10 probable starters. He is expected to challenge defending champion Acclamation; Richard’s Kid, who won the race in 2009 and 2010; as well as Dullahan, Jaycito, John Scott, Rail Trip, Suggestive Boy, Take Control, and Where’s Sterling.

Acclamation, Richard’s Kid, Rail Trip and Suggestive Boy have wonstakes at this meeting.

Acclamation won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf on July 21. Richard’s Kid, trained by Baffert won the Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2

miles on the main track on July 27.  Baffert also trains candidates Jaycito and Take Control.

Rail Trip won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 28, while Suggestive Boy won the restricted Wickerr Stakes on turf on July 25.