08/22/2014 2:12PM

Game On Dude nearing end of storied career

Barbara D. Livingston
Game On Dude has won more than $6 million over the course of his career.

DEL MAR, Calif. – This could be the final season of Game On Dude’s career.

The 7-year-old gelding, who has won 16 of 33 starts and earned $6,438,893, has been the dominant older horse in California for the last three years. But he no longer is considered a clear leader in the division.

While Game On Dude won the Santa Anita Handicap for a record third time in March, he has lost his last two starts – a second in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April and a fourth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in June – leaving questions as to whether he is as effective as in past seasons.

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Not surprisingly, co-owner Bernie Schiappa thinks otherwise and said Game On Dude can prove so in Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, a race he won last year. The race is a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

“The best scenario is he wins this race and the Breeders’ Cup and it ends,” Schiappa said.

Schiappa owns Game On Dude with Debbie Lanni, Mercedes Stable, and Joe Torre. Schiappa thought the loss in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita was caused by Game On Dude being close to a quick pace.

“That race was not Game On Dude’s fault,” he said.

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On Sunday, Game On Dude will make his fourth appearance in the Pacific Classic. He was fourth in 2011 and second in 2012. Win or lose Sunday, Schiappa will defer to trainer Bob Baffert on Game On Dude’s future, with hopes for a glorious finish to his career – this year or later.

“I know it will end,” Schiappa said. “I want to have a happy ending.”

◗ Jockey Corey Nakatani starts a three-day suspension Sunday for causing interference on Reneesgotszip in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 17. Nakatani was ruled to have failed to keep a straight course in the stretch of the sprint for fillies and mares. The suspension continues through Thursday.

sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
They will keep going to the well for water with this horse until he breaks down. Shame.
Debbie West More than 1 year ago
Game on Dude is a great horse and deserves to be retired and live as a horse. Retire him before something happens to him. He's earned the right to run and enjoy live as a horse. He does not owe anyone anything. He's proven himself time and time again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who the heck are you to tell the owners what to do with their horse or determine what he "owes" anyone? You people that like to tell others what to do with THEIR property are real pieces of work. Manage your own life and property and leave others to do the same with theirs.
mike More than 1 year ago
You have a very big mouth. Typical east coast attitude. Must be all that snow eight months each yr.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
you are a real dufuss with comments like that!
mike More than 1 year ago
Says the dufuss. So it's ok right for that jerk to "go postal on Debbie? Ted perhaps you need to read his remarks before putting your foot in your mouth.
mike More than 1 year ago
I agree!
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Game on Dude,s connections would have to pay $200,000 to get into the Breeders Cup this year. Consider him retired . Thanks for the memories.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
A "happy ending" would be to retire Game On Dude after the Pacific Classic, assuming he isn't victorious. The connections have this false hope of a BC Classic win. Game On Dude sees it otherwise; it's a mental thing. The caliber of this BC Classic will be monumental, a truly up hill battle for the Dude.
mike More than 1 year ago
russell More than 1 year ago
Ron I couldnt agree more. A proven Gr 1 American horse vs a horse off the plane from Argentina. I remember when they used to give the South American horses 1 year off to get acclimated. This horse just ran in May. He gets the big X.
Thomas Rex More than 1 year ago
Dude will NOT be on the lead today, the Argentinian is a speedball and he is going to streak to the lead from the outside. Let's see if Dude can win from a stalking position.
Ron More than 1 year ago
Why do you believe the Argentinian is a speedball and fast enough to get to the lead over the dude?
Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
edb More than 1 year ago
Would love to see the Dude with a 2 length lead coming into the stretch today. Might be a little early to throw dirt on his career just yet. Shared Belief will be in for a surprise. Safe trips to all.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
The surprise just could be the devastating kick of Shared Belief. May the best horse prevail.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
hats off to this horse for the very nice and wealthy career! nothing was a nicer site than watching Chantel on his back coming down the stretch. it was a sight to behold!
russell More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Baffert for keeping him so good for so long. Lots of geldings lose interest after racing a lot of starts. I'm a Dude fan but I can't forget the one that got away with Chantal Sutherland; 15/1 in the BC Classic
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah Baffert's a real prince. Isn't he?
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
More money, more success, and more accomplished in his career than anything you've ever done.
mike More than 1 year ago
You don't have a clue what I've accomplished! Isn't your break over at Burger King,better get back to work.
mike More than 1 year ago
Am a fan of GOD's hoping he's got one more shot to deliver and then retire after this yr.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Miracles do happen.
mike More than 1 year ago
I hope