08/01/2013 4:18PM

Del Mar: Game On Dude tunes up for Pacific Classic

Benoit & Associates
Game On Dude, winning the Hollywood Gold Cup, will make his next start in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

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Game On Dude, the top older horse in California this year with four stakes wins, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 on Thursday. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Game On Dude worked alone.

A 6-year-old gelding who has won 14 of 26 starts and $5,002,158 Game On Dude is expected to make his next start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25. Game On Dude was fourth in the 2011 Pacific Classic and second in the race last year. Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude won the Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 6.

A potential Pacific Classic starter or two could emerge from Saturday’s fifth race, an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles.

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The race includes Rousing Sermon, who was eighth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and has 1 win in 9 subsequent starts. Trained by Hollendorfer, Rousing Sermon was third in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on July 6.

“With a slight improvement, he could be right there,” Hollendorfer said.

Rousing Sermon will need to win to be considered for the Pacific Classic.

“I don’t know that’s on my radar, but if he wins it could be,” Hollendorfer said.

Saturday’s fifth race is the American debut of Holding Glory, the winner of the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paula Machado over about 1 1/4 miles on turf in Brazil in March. Now trained by A.C. Avila, Holding Glory has won 4 of 6 starts, all on turf.

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Avila is eager to see if the 4-year-old Holding Glory can handle the synthetic track, with an eye on the Pacific Classic.

“He works good on the synthetic track,” Avila said. “If he shows in the afternoon what he shows in the morning, he could run great.”


Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Russell, it's one thing to be consistent in your own backyard playground, and another entirely to run anywhere in the best races against the best horses you can find and never ducking anyone. Cigar ran at Santa Anita, Hollywood, Del Mar, Bay Meadows, Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Pimlico, Suffolk, Dubai, Arlington Park and Woodbine.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
He could put Dimmy Dimwit on god and he will win the PC, as long as the other true elite runners stay away!!!!
russell More than 1 year ago
The Dude is the most consistent gelding since Cigar. I'm not saying hes as good but if you love geldings you have to be a Dude fan.
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Being a gelding and being sterile is not the same thing
russell More than 1 year ago
You are right. My mistake. I think of Cigar as a gelding because he was infertile. I think he did foal less than 10 horses.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Bud Light, Jeff.
Tom Smothers More than 1 year ago
There's no comparison between NY and Cal. racing.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Look at the quality of the Whitney compared to the Pacific Classic Its Embarassing
Silverstar Insurance More than 1 year ago
Why did Baffert not give the mount to Martin Garcia in the Pacific Classic ??? He does all the dirty work workouts ...
Benjamin H. More than 1 year ago
I guess he wants the best for his best, no disrespect towards M. Garcia.
John More than 1 year ago
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Compare the Whitney to the Pacific Classic !!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Actually, the Pacific Classic usually draws excellent fields for what the race is, a 10 furlong race on a synth course. And the Del Mar poly is one of those synth surfaces that turf horses have a good chance of transferring their form onto. If one is comparing the Whitney and Pac Classic fields based on which one drew a better field of Breeder's Cup Classic prospects, then yes the Whitney will usually win out and is likely to do so again this year. But for what the Pac Classic is, an elite synth race, its field is right there with the field the Whitney, as an elite dirt race, draws. For example, last year the Pac Classic featured the winner, 3-time poly grade 1 winner Dullahan, Game on Dude, 3-time grade 1 winner and 2-time Pac Classic winner Richard's Kid, grade 1 winner and BC Dirt Mile runner-up Rail Trip, North American turf grade 1 winner and 4-time Argentine gr.1 winner Suggestive Boy, as well as the Chilean "super" mare Amani and gr.1 winner Jaycito. The year before the Pac Classic drew Eclipse champ and turf monster Acclamation, 2-time turf grade 1 winner Jeranimo, and poly gr.1 winner Stately Victor as well as gr.1 winner Twirling Candy, Game on Dude, and Setsuko. The Pac Classic typically draws an eclectic field that makes it a little difficult to compare with the more traditional dirt fields of the Whitney.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Why are these fields so awful with Game on Dude entered. I really don't see one challenger to anybody
Benjamin H. More than 1 year ago
That's California horse racing for you! Hopefully the talent & field sizes will improve with in the next couple years. As a horse player it's very discouraging placing wagers with such mediocre fields!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Eastern trainers don't like to ship west to run on synthetic tracks if they have quality dirt horses .the one dirt track santa anita is too speed friendly for them especially when game on dudes in the race
Marco Antonio Guerrero More than 1 year ago
eastern trainers dont like synthetic dont like santa anita speed track what alse dont like the east trainers mr randy?
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
The proof is in the entry box
Jordan More than 1 year ago
There is going to be the two poly loving shippers in Dullahan and Delegation. Kettle Corn likes Del Mar more than Game on Dude does, and Kettle Corn is in career form and was only beaten a length in the Hollywood Gold Cup. Typically, because the Del Mar poly is more friendly to turf horses than Hollywood and obviously Santa Anita, the Pac Classic usually draws a couple of top turf horses. Jeranimo, for example, is pointing for the race. The Pacific Classic has been the toughest of the 3 major Cali handicap/open races for Dude to win, and it's not going to be any different this year. Remember, Dude is 0 for 2 in this race.