08/22/2012 11:32PM

Pacific Classic: Game On Dude made 5-2 favorite, gets post 9

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Game On dude will try to follow up hisHollywood Gold Cup win with a victory in Del Mar's biggest race.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Game On Dude, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup in his last start, drew post 9 and was installed as the 5-2 favorite when a field of 10 was entered and post positions drawn on Wednesday night for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar. The draw took place at Burlap, a popular local restaurant a few miles from the track.

There were no surprises at the draw, as the 10 expected to enter the 1 1/4-mile race did. Norvsky, whose owners briefly flirted with running in the Pacific Classic, instead will be entered in the Del Mar Mile on turf on Sunday, which had been the first choice for him all along.

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Richard’s Kid, a two-time winner of the Pacific Classic, drew post 3 and is the 7-2 second choice on the line of Del Mar’s Russell Hudak.

Hudak made the filly Amani and another South American import, Suggestive Boy, co-third choices at 5-1.

The field, from the rail out, including riders and morning-line odds, is Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia Jr., 10-1; Amani, Garrett Gomez, 5-1; Richard’s Kid, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Where’s Sterling, Paco Lopez, 15-1; Dullahan, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Akkadian, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Jaycito, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Suggestive Boy, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Game On Dude, Chantal Sutherland, 5-2; and Riveting Reason, David Flores, 30-1.

Ron Ellis, the trainer of Rail Trip, said his horse has “an appropriate name for where he’s drawn.”

“I’d rather be there than 10,” Ellis said.

2012 Pacific Classic Field

Purse: $1,000,000; 1 1/4 miles

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Rail Trip

R. Ellis

J. Valdivia, Jr.

10-1

1

Amani (CHI)

N. Drysdale

G. Gomez

5-1

1

Richard's Kid

L. Mora

V. Espinoza

7-2

1

Where's Sterling

M. Ramirez

P. Lopez

15-1

1

Dullahan

D. Romans

J. Rosario

6-1

1

Akkadian

J. Canani

M. Garcia

20-1

1

Jaycito

B. Baffert

R. Bejarano

12-1

1

Suggestive Boy

R. McAnally

J. Talamo

5-1

1

Game On Dude

B. Baffert

C. Sutherland

5-2

1

Riveting Reason

M. Cho

D. Flores

30-1