07/04/2012 3:42PM

Hollywood Gold Cup: Kettle Corn gets seven pounds in rematch with Game On Dude

Shigeki Kikkawa
Love Theway Youare, with Garrett Gomez riding, wins the Vanity.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Kettle Corn will carry seven pounds fewer than topweight Game On Dude in Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park, and to Kettle Corn’s trainer, John Sadler, that may not be enough to make a difference.

Game On Dude carries 124 pounds, while Kettle Corn carries 117. When they met in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on June 2, they finished first and second, with Game On Dude prevailing by 7 1/4 lengths.

“I need 10 pounds,” Sadler said. “I’d like to have had more spread.”

Sadler is stuck at 117, hoping that Kettle Corn can improve and Game On Dude will regress in the Grade 1 Gold Cup, which is run over 1 1/4 miles. Changing the order of finish will not be easy, Sadler admits.

“If we run second or third, I’ll be happy,” he said. “To me, if [Game On Dude] gets beat, it’s because of the style of the race, how the race is run, and if he gets pressure.”

The speedy Game On Dude may have things his own way on the lead, but the chasing group will be a little different than what was expected earlier in the week.

The filly Love Theway Youare, an upset winner at 18-1 in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap for fillies and mares on June 16, was entered on Wednesday. Owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho had considered running her in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on July 21, but said that the shipping arrangements were difficult.

The Gold Cup will be Love Theway Youare’s second start at 1 1/4 miles – she was sixth in the Grade 1 American Oaks for 3-year-olds fillies on turf here last summer. The way she finished the Vanity Handicap, over 1 1/8 miles, closing from last in a field of six to win by 2 1/2 lengths, makes Cho comfortable with the Gold Cup distance.

“I think it’s better,” he said.

Alonso Quinonez will ride Love Theway Youare, who will carry 112 pounds.

Others in an expected field of seven are Richard’s Kid (120 pounds), Anthony’s Cross (115), Spud Spivens (114), and Thirtyfirststreet (112). The Gold Cup was being drawn on Wednesday afternoon.

Uh Oh Bango, who won the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap and was third in the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year, will not start, trainer Kory Owens said. The $250,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 28 is the likely next race for Uh Oh Bango, who was fifth in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on April 14.

Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Game on Dude should take this one no prob.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
Game on Dude running against basically Grade 3 horses, not gonna help him in the long run
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
they dont need a weight break,,they need the jockey with a shot gun to shoot game on dude to win
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't surprise me if Baffert's horses ran 1-2. If nobody goes with G.O.D. it's over. Sucks only 7 show up for a race like this.
karl3182000 More than 1 year ago
talk all you want about Bob Baffert and Game on Dude. For the last 6 months, he won only once in G1 4yrs n up!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
which means the right bet is Richard's Kid to win. He's a much classier horse than GoD on synthetics anyway ($1.7mil earned vs $0.25mil).
B F More than 1 year ago
Yeah, you're right genius. I mean, what has this Baffert guy ever accomplished.....
ajubatus84 More than 1 year ago
this is baffert's game; the rest are just watching!!
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Agreed, it's Baffert's Show!!! Pull up a chair.