08/22/2012 11:32PM

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

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





ML Odds


Rail Trip

R. Ellis

J. Valdivia, Jr.



Amani (CHI)

N. Drysdale

G. Gomez



Richard's Kid

L. Mora

V. Espinoza



Where's Sterling

M. Ramirez

P. Lopez




D. Romans

J. Rosario




J. Canani

M. Garcia




B. Baffert

R. Bejarano



Suggestive Boy

R. McAnally

J. Talamo



Game On Dude

B. Baffert

C. Sutherland



Riveting Reason

M. Cho

D. Flores



Al Lighter More than 1 year ago
Rosario- reminds me of a 3rd rate jock at toga`. he'll wish he never left cozy confines of the weak west coast.
Starfish More than 1 year ago
Rosario might want to stay back in Cali--NY too tuff for him.
john More than 1 year ago
Well here we go again, he won another race today, he is holding his own out there, raffy will pay his apartment rent to stay out there, he gets a riding title at a meet with him gone, joel has rode out over 1.5 million in purses at the spa, not bad
Ameritrader More than 1 year ago
I so badly wanted to see Acclimation in this race.
cojinoa20 More than 1 year ago
You go girl!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That Is for Amani, yes?
ALEJANDRO ANZA More than 1 year ago
ss More than 1 year ago
this is seriously one the worst Morning Lines I've ever seen for a race how is dullahan 6-1 and not 30-, why there is so much love for this nag of a horse and Richards Kid 7/2 should be about 8-1 Game On Dude should be 3-5 with Rail Trip and Jaycito as 2nd and 3rd choices
Perl More than 1 year ago
Dullahan will go off at below his 6-1 ml. He ran huge on the kee poly and people have waited for his return to the plastiturf. I give him a decent shot. Game on dude is suspect at 10f and poly and nobody else is that formidable.
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
Game On Dude is not even close to suspect at 10f in general, but he is suspect on the poly and even though I think he's close to unbeatable on dirt this year, I'm not very confident in this one.
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
Last time out, Richard's Kid lost to Game On Dude by 1 1/2L on the dirt. Now he's back at a track that he loves (and a race he's already won twice) and GOD isn't to fond of and you think he should be 8-1 with GOD 3-5? That's preposterous!
Tom More than 1 year ago
Richard's Kid is like 80 years old
Tom More than 1 year ago
Neither Richards kid or GOD will win this year
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
Who's your pick?
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
Doesn't mean he's not still good. Especially on this track
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I think Richards Kid has this race. It should be another match with GoD in the lead until the home stretch. I like Rail Trip in the box.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
I do see how Game on Dude looses. He runs up front where he always gets a good trip & is game as can be even in late stretch.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Dullahan. Proving Romans has top three year old, not the top but he is still running
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Rail Trip Gonna run a big one. Not sure its enough though