07/20/2013 2:29PM

Del Mar: Game On Dude works toward Pacific Classic

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Game On Dude will make his next start in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 25.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Game On Dude, unbeaten in four major stakes in California and West Virginia, worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds at Del Mar on Saturday, his first workout since a win in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 6.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude is the leading candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic here Aug. 25. In the last two years, Game On Dude has finished fourth and second in the Pacific Classic.

Baffert had a big day Friday, winning three races – an allowance race on turf with the 3-year-old Surfcup and two races with maiden claimers. Baffert did not attend the Friday races or Saturday’s workout after contracting a cold.

Surfcup was on or near the lead throughout a race over 1 1/16 miles, holding off a sustained threat from 15-1 Rookie Sensation to win by a neck for his third consecutive victory. Owned by breeder Donald Dizney, Surfcup won the Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park in April and the Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last month.

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