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Hollywood Park: Game On Dude returns for Californian Stakes
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Game On Dude, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs last November, will make his first start since a 12th in the Dubai World Cup in Saturday’s $150,000 Californian Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert finalized his plans after watching Game On Dude work seven furlongs in 1:24 at Santa Anita last Sunday, the horse’s fifth workout since returning to training following the Dubai World Cup on March 31. Baffert said he timed Game On Dude galloping out a mile in 1:37.
“He’s happy and he’s looks good,” Baffert said. “I want to give him an out. We’ll get him ready for the Gold Cup.”
The $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup is run over 1 1/4 miles July 7. Last summer, Game On Dude was second, beaten a nose by stablemate First Dude, in the Hollywood Gold Cup.
Game On Dude was beaten 20 1/2 lengths by Monterosso in the Dubai World Cup. In February, Game On Dude won the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita by 5 1/4 lengths.
Baffert plans to have two runners in the Californian, including Prayer for Relief, who was second to Californian hopeful Morning Line in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on May 5.
The Californian is run over 1 1/8 miles.
Bednar gets first SoCal victories
Apprentice jockey Vinnie Bednar rode his first two Southern California winners Monday.
Bednar, 20, rode Miles Long Gone ($12.20) and Charlie’sboywins ($17.20) to slight upsets.
Bednar, who claims a seven-pound allowance, has had 21 mounts at the current meeting. He won 18 races at Turf Paradise at that track’s 2011-12 meeting. Friday evening, he rides It’s Time To Go in the third race, a maiden claimer for sprinters.
All Squared Away back with Miller
Peter Miller has made major additions to his stable, both equine and human, in the last few weeks.
All Squared Away, winner of the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 21, has rejoined Miller’s stable. Miller co-owns All Squared Away, who was trained by Wesley Ward in Kentucky and Canada, where the 3-year-old gelding finished fifth in the Marine Stakes at Woodbine on May 12. Miller trained All Squared Away in California for his first seven starts.
All Squared Away is nominated for Sunday’s $100,000 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles, but may be pointed to a different race, Miller said.
“I’m going to wait and see,” he said.
On May 24, Miller and his wife Lani celebrated the birth of their first child, a boy named Jacob Ellis.
“They’re doing great,” the trainer reported. “He’s short, bald, and came out screaming and crying. He must be mine.”
Liaison tops Affirmed lineup
The Affirmed is led by Liaison, who was sixth in the Kentucky Derby; Holy Candy, fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes in April; and Blingo, who won the La Puente Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in April. On Wednesday at Hollywood Park, Blingo worked a half-mile in 47 seconds.
Also Wednesday, Willa B Awesome, winner of three stakes for 3-year-old fillies this year, worked a half-mile in 48.20. Trained by Walther Solis, Willa B Awesome is expected to make her next start in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 23.
Earlier this year, Willa B Awesome won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on March 31 and the Melair Stakes for California-bred fillies on April 28.
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