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Del Mar: Game On Dude works toward Pacific Classic
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.
Mark - What do you think the cause is? I mean it IS a MILLION dollar race? Last I checked 60% of a cool mil ain't chump change even after adjustment for inflation. Is that not enough money to lure folks with good horses from back east?
Its really disapointing to have great horses like Game On Dude running in virtual walkovers,when there are certainly plenty of good handicap horses all across the country. 4 and 5 horse fields are dull,offer no wagering chances,and further taint our once wonderful sport. What happened to full fields of 10 or 12 ,where anything can happen, and usually a great race is the result.I grew up watching Kelso et all,and everyone took a shot at the kingpins. The game has changed so much and only to the detriment of the former king of sports.
Milion dollar race against a bunch of "frauds". Wonder if any of the "monsters" will ship in and scoop up the "easy" cash.
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