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Hollywood Park: Batti Man could pressure Game On Dude in Gold Cup
By Brad Free
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Game On Dude may have company up front when he starts as the 127-pound highweight Saturday in the Hollywood Gold Cup.
Trainer Dan Hendricks said early this week he planned to enter front-runner Batti Man, who was assigned 113 pounds for the Gold Cup.
He is a welcome addition for four others that otherwise would have been chasing a loose-on-the-lead Game On Dude.
“I think we’re going to run,” Hendricks said. “We’ll make our decision Wednesday, but we are out of spots and need a race. It’s a short field, with one speed horse.”
Make that two. Batti Man is expected to set the pace, with Game On Dude in close pursuit. Batti Man has earned $55,940 in five starts since Hendricks claimed him for $32,000 in January. After winning a second-level allowance May 17, Batti Man finished fifth in the Grade 2 Californian last out.
Hendricks could employ an ambitious strategy with Batti Man, assigned 14 pounds fewer than Game On Dude.
“I think we need to be more the aggressor,” Hendricks said.
A field of six is expected to enter the Gold Cup. In addition to Game On Dude and Batti Man, others expected are Clubhouse Ride and Liaison (119 pounds); Kettle Corn (116); and Oilisblackgold (115).
Golden Ticket will pass the race, according to trainer Ken McPeek. All Squared Away also is expected to pass, trainer Peter Miller said.
After review of the official field entries in the Hollywood Gold Cup at 10 furlgs the pace for the event I believe will get heated from the very start. A test of speed and stamina is the order of the race and hope that Game On Dude just sits behind who ever wants the early lead and give it up in the later stages of the race coming down the lane. However, the other two entries Kettle Corn and Oilisblackgold are certainly a threat to the favorite here for a upset!, he's vulnerable at the distance!. I'll go for a more better price on this one!
Bugsy, it got through because the vettors didn't know.
Another towering favorite in a small field, but they are not doing so well lately, and he's never won carrying this much weight, so while I hope he wins, I wouldn't bet on him. Better race than the pathetic Swaps though. Chief Havoc may have a future, but even if he wins this 4 horse race, what will it prove? What's happening to California racing?!
unreal..... how does this name even get thru? Batti Man is a homophobic insult in the Caribbean islands
You cannot knock a horse for who shows up (or doesn't show up) to run against them.
Game on Dude has not had problems in the past when faced with cheaper speed. That happened in last year's Gold Cup when Spud Spivens decided to go with Dude early. How about Dude's last race, when Percussion went with him, or the San Antonio when Basmati went with him. And it's not like Dude has to have the lead to win; it's just that's how he's been ridden in a number of races. The one possible danger for Dude with Batti Man in the race is if Batti goes out and runs an unexpected and unintended 46 for the half. Because you know Baffert is going to drill in Mikey to be aggressive, Mikey is not going to let Batti Man get very far ahead. In this scenario, if Mikey doesn't sense the pace is that fast, the Dude could find himself having to dig very deep when Clubhouse Ride comes calling on the turn. Whatever the ultimate effect, it's probably for the best that Batti Man is in the field. His presence gives the race a much more interesting pace dynamic. Grade 1s shouldn't be a walk in the park. And by carrying 127 lbs, and having a pace challenger, Game on Dude will have to run some to beat Clubhouse Ride and even Liaison.
Always fun when the dude shows up
I am not a Dude fan or even a Baffert fan, but you cannot fault either here. It's the Gold Cup and they are in it. It's up to others to come of and enter their horses. I blame Lopresti, he should've brought Successful Dan to the race, the horse likes synthetic, likes a distance. Why not run here? Dan has not won a G1, this would've been a great opportunity. And a better betting race for the horseplayers.
And they complain about the horses WD faces !!!
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