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Hollywood Park: Game On Dude, Richard’s Kid heading to Del Mar
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The late summer racing schedule for Hollywood Gold Cup winner Game On Dude will not be finalized until next month.
Saturday, Game On Dude won his third stakes of 2012 in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park, holding off stablemate Richard’s Kid to win the race over 1 1/4 miles by 1 1/2 lengths. The win gave trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the Gold Cup exacta.
Sunday, Baffert reiterated his plans for Game On Dude and Richard’s Kid in coming months. Both will be sent to Del Mar next week, where they will resume training.
Game On Dude’s participation in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26 depends on how he trains over the track’s Polytrack surface. Last year, Game On Dude finished fourth in the Pacific Classic, losing by 4 1/4 lengths to Acclamation in his only start of the meeting.
Baffert said he was not happy with the way that Game On Dude handled the Polytrack.
“Last year, he didn’t train well,” Baffert said Saturday. “If he trains well, I’ll run him. If not, I’ll freshen him up.”
On Sunday, Baffert said he would consider a stakes at Saratoga for Game On Dude. One such option could be the $750,000 Woodward Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 1.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Baffert said of Saratoga.
Game On Dude is owned by Bernie Schiappa, the Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable, and Joe Torre. Game on Dude’s win in the Gold Cup gave jockey Chantal Sutherland the distinction of being the first woman rider to win the race in its 73rd running.
“It’s pretty exciting that it got to me,” she said in the winner’s circle.
There is no doubt about plans for Richard’s Kid, who adores Del Mar’s Polytrack. The 7-year-old horse won the Pacific Classic in 2009 and 2010 and was second in the 2009 Cougar II and third in the same race a year later.
In the Gold Cup, Richard’s Kid was sixth in a field of seven to early stretch and closed through the stretch to finish a clear second, 6 1/4 lengths in front of Kettle Corn.
The other older horse that figures here is ACCLIMATION who won this race last year, I believe is running again. Which also brings to mind which Turf horse can come to SA and possibly spring an ARCANGUES type of upset this year in the BC
Game on Dude didn't dislike Del Mar. What he didn't like was running against a way better horse !! He got outrun & Chantel got outrode by a real jock. Acclamation is a front runner with a stretch kick. He doesn't meander home in 26 &change. Baffert is making excuses in advance. If Acclamation doesn't run Dude will run at Del Mar. If Acclamation runs Dude better go east for the easy pickin's. Baffert has claimed in the past that Dude didn't like Hollypark. Thats standard trainer speak after a loss.
Would love to see a 3 year old go in the Pacific Classic just to get an idea if they can compete with the older horses. I believe they can. Would love to see Liason in there or maybe Nonios.
horses are like any other animals// some tennis players perform better on clay than natural grass/ some football players play better on natural grass, rather than astroturf/// and some athletes excel on both .Abu.
Just bring him to Saratoga...that nice fresh late summer air will do him some good....
One thing for sure Chantel needs great horses to win races
Game On Dude can't run on this. Richard's Kid can't run on that. Really, really good horses can run on just about anything.
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