05/24/2010 11:00PM

Game On Dude works at Santa Anita


At Santa Anita on Tuesday, Game On Dude, the Lone Star Derby winner, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.60 with jockey Martin Garcia aboard. Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude worked in company with Sangaree, who also is trained by Baffert. If he runs in the Belmont, Game On Dude will reunite Garcia and Baffert, who teamed with Lookin At Lucky to win the Preakness Stakes. Lookin At Lucky is skipping the Belmont after running in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Game On Dude did not race in either the Derby or Preakness. The Lone Star Derby marked his first stakes victory following two disappointing tries in stakes races. Game On Dude was seventh of 11 in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, finishing 10 3/4 lengths behind Ice Box, then was fifth of eight in the one-mile Derby Trial, finishing 19 1/2 lengths behind Hurricane Ike.

In the Lone Star Derby, at 1 1/16 miles, Game On Dude was ridden for the first time by Garcia and wore blinkers for the first time. He responded with a 4 1/2-length victory while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95. That was his second start for Baffert following a private purchase by an ownership group that includes Terry Lanni, Ernie Moody, and Bernie Schiappa.

* At Belmont Park, Make Music for Me returned to the track Tuesday morning with a spirited jog, two days after working a mile in 1:43.03.

"Usually, he's pretty quiet the first part and then he picks it up," exercise rider Andy Durnin said. "He was bouncing coming off the track."

Make Music for Me, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, will gallop up to a final workout on Sunday.

* Preakness runner-up First Dude galloped 1 1/2 miles at Belmont on Tuesday morning under exercise rider Tammy Fox. It was his second morning gallop since arriving from Kentucky by van early Saturday morning.

"He went better today than he did yesterday," said Fox, who is the wife of trainer Dale Romans. "He seems to be handling the surface good."

First Dude is expected to breeze Saturday.

- additional reporting by David Grening