Updated on 10/02/2012 5:30PM

Santa Anita: Game On Dude dominates Awesome Again

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Rafael Bejarano collects his third of four stakes wins on the day aboard Game On Dude in the Awesome Again.

ARCADIA, Calif.- There might not be any NHL hockey for a while, but Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano each scored a Grade 1 hat trick on Saturday, capped off by an easy, 3 1/4-length victory by Game On Dude in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes before 17,565 at Santa Anita.

After settling into second during the early going, Game On Dude easily took command from pacesetting Winning Machine on the far turn and pulled away down the lane. Nonios ran on for second, Richard’s Kid was third, and Rail Trip fourth in the field of nine. Game On Dude completed 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:48.98.

Game On Dude ($2.60) was an obvious winner. Not only were Baffert and Bejarano riding the crest of previous Grade 1 wins Saturday with Power Broker and Executiveprivilege, but the track was playing to Game On Dude’s style, and, from a hunch standpoint, Game On Dude is a son of the horse for whom the race is named. He is now unbeaten in five starts at Santa Anita, and moves on to the Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 3 as one of the elite contenders for that race.

Bejarano added a fourth win on the card when capturing the final race, the Unzip Me, on Byrama.

The Awesome Again offers a fees-paid berth to the BC Classic through the Win and You’re In program, but Game On Dude already had earned a spot in that race through his win in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July. Game On Dude finished second in last year’s Classic at Churchill Downs to Drosselmeyer.

“I was hoping for this kind of outcome,” Baffert said of his three Grade 1 wins. “Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. But they were all coming into their races really well.”

Bejarano replaced Chantal Sutherland, and turned in a flawless ride. Game On Dude started from the rail, but Bejarano was able to deftly move him outside of Winning Machine by the time the field reached the first turn. In addition, Game On Dude did not get rank when turning into the backstretch, something he had done in recent races. Bejarano had not ridden Game On Dude in a race for more than a year, but he had been working the horse regularly, and his familiarity paid off.

“He was able to get outside and slow him down, sit there, waiting and waiting,” Baffert said. “It was a nice kind of prep. He knows the horse. He’s been on him so many times.”

The win was the ninth in 20 starts for Game On Dude, and his fourth in six starts this year. He most recently had finished second to Dullahan in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Polytrack, but he is clearly better on dirt, and with the Breeders’ Cup being at Santa Anita, he has the home-court advantage.

Game On Dude has earned just shy of $3 million. He is owned by a partnership that includes Joe Torre, Bernie Schiappa, and Debbie Lanni.

 

 

 

 

amber More than 1 year ago
its no secret california tracks manipulate pick 6 and track conditions cant fool everyone the total amount i wager in california is zero........breeders cup different track wont be able to manipulate hahahahahahaha
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
do you peak english? if you handicap anything like you formulate a sentence or thought, i suggest you stay away from the track. and exactly how do california tracks manipulate track conditions and p6's? santa anita is a dirt, speed favoring track. its no secret. if you cant adjust your handicapping to that, then your the one with the problem. meanwhile both del mar and hollywood are much less biased. also in case your brain dead, which i assume you are, the breeders cup is at samta anita tghis year, which shoots a hole in your whole statement. i believe the reason you wager zero on ca. tracks is more because of the fact that the nutso check you get every month only goes so far. fortunately your meds are included i believe.
amber More than 1 year ago
wont win breeders cup clsssic his win was on heavy track bias closer had no shot will not hit board in classic be careful i warned all you
Patrick More than 1 year ago
I would match Wise Dan with Chantel against Game on Dude with Bejarano at a mile and a quarter every day of the week at Santa Anita. I know WISE DAN and DUDE you're no WISE DAN. Chantel 7 Rafael 0. Help me prove it Mr Fink. Bring out the King for the Dance. Speaking of girl power Royal Delta scares me more than Game on Dude.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
you sir, are an idiot.
Perl More than 1 year ago
You are nuts. Game On Dude would destroy Wise Dan on the dirt at 10 panels. Wise Dan is an 8-9f turf/synth horse for goodness sakes!
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Baffert made the right move in replacing Sutherland with Bejarano. She just does not have the physical strength to handle a horse like Game on Dude. Sorry but it is the truth. The horse was better positioned, did not pull his usual nonsense early in the race and finished stronger than I have ever seen him.
HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
I think he's your bc classic favorite and even the winner too because this classic field shaping up to be kind of weak. idk about flat out liking santa anita i think to me he's just a belmont horse. Seems the move to Rafael Bejarano is working. It was Rafael Bejarano Saturday taking home 3 of the Grade 1 races in CA, while John Velazquez was dominating the Grade 1’s in NY. 2 Great riders that brought it together Super Saturday. The move to Rafael Bejarano is working. Feel bad that Chantal Sutherland got taken off
ron breton More than 1 year ago
OFcourse Dude was to win on saturday ..THE PURSE WAS only $250,000...the BC is$4 million...that was a tune up ....come on PPL get with the programe......
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
yeah great logic. and btw since your an obvious newcomer and know nothing about racing, the purse for the classic is 5 million. tool.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Opinions are like a**holes and we all have one. The nice thing is that everyone's opinions mean absolutely NOTHING to do with how a horse races, who he beats or who trains them. And those of you morons claiming Baffert has a "chemist" ? I would personally pay each one of you 1000.00 in cash to drop by Clocker's Corner and legally and openly accuse Baffert of having a "chemist". None of you have a leg to stand on...so do yourself a favor and either put up or shut up. You do not matter and neither do any of the opinions or comments on this website. And yeah, that inlcudes my own...but someone has to say it. I just wish these comment sessions were in person somewhere. But most of the people who comment on websites rarely leave their homes or computers. I am at Clocker's Corner every morning. Come say hello and accuse Baffert of cheating in person. I DARE YA! Have a nice day..it is Baffert's world, we just live in it. Live it, Learn it, Love it.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Guy, You've got my VOTE for President of the Bob Baffert "Ass Kissing Club"Just how BROWN is your NOSE??? The Thoghrbred industry is GOING in the DIRECTION of the Harness Racing,and EVERYONE knows how HONEST that sport is. Why don't you ASK Bob to buy you a cup of COFFEE at Clocker's corner,and SEE where he DIRECTS you to go...P.S. you won't need a COAT .My only Complaint with Mr Baffert is, He takes 99.9% of the CREDIT for the sucess of his BARN.........And we KNOW who does all the REAL work,and it's NOT done in a SUIT and TIE Buckwheat..............
Guy More than 1 year ago
Jack put the crack pipe down fella. Your opinion matters about as much as mine...it doesn't. By the way...your crack dealer is ripping you off.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Jack, not that it matters to you, ya know because you are somewhat retarded, Baffert gives credit to his staff and assistant ALL the time..and they are all paid very handsomely as well. These are just the facts. And the facts do not matter to people like you. Get a grip fella. Your haterade is strong.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
what the f**k does it matter whether or nor baffert want to buy you a cup of coffee or not? are you entitled to it because you spew venom and hatred on the man? exactly what does he owe you? you sound like a jealous little internet troll. are you one of the occupy wall streeters who think just because someone is successful they are responsible for all the dead beat leaches of the world? im no baffert a** kisser, but i do recognize the fact he is the best at what he does. and that is win races and make money.and that is all this game is about.
Zakk W. More than 1 year ago
As soon as someone posts negative comments about "Baffert" you can't handle it. People are entitled to their opinions, they can post what ever they like, just like you can. And you always accuse people of posting "anonymously", right "Guy". LOL "come down to clockers corner, I dare you". Your room is probably filled with posters of Baffert without Jill by his side........and all the magazines you own, the pages with Baffert's pictures are probably all stuck together, just kidding. Have a nice day.....try to relax a just a bit, don't take everything so personally!
Guy More than 1 year ago
Your opinion matters as much as mine...they don't...they are just opinions. I just like the banter..it is fun and that is my opinion...which like yours...does not matter LOL
Five More than 1 year ago
Guy, You don't get it. Baffert having a "chemist" does not necessarily or literrally meant "he has a chemist". Let me say it for you to understand, he "juice". You need an example. ie, Paynter. He freaked in the Haskell and then the aftermath. The stain on your nose last longer than Baffert's 2yos. You're afraid of Baffert, does not mean we are, or is there more to it ?, eh.... Zakk may be right on to you.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I'm with you Guy. Those who whine and moan here would probably serve themselves better if they would spend their time on learning how to handicap. Instead everytime they lose, which is pretty often, they scream conspiracy and cheating. There's another poster back east who swears Ramon Dominguez stiffs all of his mounts. Top jockey in the country stiffs his mounts. Go figure. Losers will always try to find fault with winners, rather than put in the work needed to become winners themselves.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Jeff. Bob is the Barry Bonds of california racing. Aquitted but folks have a good idea of why he rarely wins in NY. Monitored barns and tougher horseman as a whole. Even us aasistants who chose to leave boston for better opportunity. His staff deserve the credit. I dont see any dirt on his jeans.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
by barry bonds i assume you mean the best at what he does who has neer been caught cheating? because for those of you to stupid to know the facts, bonds never did or took anything that was illegal at the time he is accused of taking it. neither did mcguire. they may have lied or refused to talk in court, but the stuff they were supposedly doing was not outlawed until AFTER they did it. get your facts straight idiot.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Ignorance is bliss I guess. Naivety in abundance. Moron
Five More than 1 year ago
I agree with Jack. It is one thing to be a supporter of a trainer such as Baffert, but Guy, it is ANOTHER thing to be a "trainer supporter". Settle down fella. They may have to post a guard around Baffert's laundry in the Trainer's Room...I think you are one comment away from stealing his laundry.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Here is the problem with your post. BIASED. Maybe bob bought your java today so you feel compelled to scratch his backside. But educated horseman are invading in a month. Why does Bob avoid so many lucrative NY races? Stricrer resting and monitored receiving barns. His staff carries him now. And his vet.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Sorry. Strict testing. Had a scooby doo moment there.
Dogs Up More than 1 year ago
This is what it's all about. Whatever you are in the game: trainer, bettor, vet, owner, hot dog vendor. One who really thinks their bet/money was being juiced or a jockey cheating, you could mosey-up to the Clocker's Corner. State your name, your case and conviction. Then it is real. I'm pretty sure they have to accept any charges of fraud covered under the racing rules of one's betting state. The point is, the acqusation here, is not the same as saying," "the coach should have pulled him out of the game, or it was a bad ref call. He used pine tar and corked bat." Finally, if you truly believe that the big league tracks are conspiring to a significant level, why keep going back? Those that use illegal drugs in their horses are easily caught with sophisticated equipment. I really have a laugh when some say the trainer doping can trump PHd chemists in analytical chemistry and equipment that can tell what one had for breakfast, 3 months ago. The analytical chemistry spectrometry makes childs play of testing for illegal drugs. It's very simplistic and fundamental, routine. We are at a point in time where we can reproduce anything in a lab setting. Even a whole horse. Finding a drug in a blood/urine sample is not rocket science.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Having the BC at SA 4 out of 6 years is the shortsightedness that's leading to the deterioration of the breed and the sport.Iif you're not on the pace, you basically have no chance to win a race on that cement track. You have to breed for spped to win there,which obviously leads to the breakdowns and lack of longevity . Pick 6 paying $446. Really?. That's why Cal racing,other than DelMar,is so unbettable. My BC handle will be about 1/3 of the usual
Guy More than 1 year ago
Well said jon g
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
That is total and complete crap. Keep you east coast nonsense to yourself. Cement huh? Take a look at Monmouth and get back to me. You are probably still crying over Easy Goer getting routinely pulverized by Sunday Silence.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Chantal Sutherland -Career Statistics: Starts: 7,330 Firsts: 931 Seconds: 928 Thirds: 983 Earnings: $47,240,008 Avg. Earnings Per Start: $6,445 Year Starts 1sts 2nd 3rd Earnings 2012 296 33 29 43 $2,119,209 2011 560 62 73 80 $5,143,011 2010 1,050 152 138 144 $8,778,038 2009 1,131 159 142 163 $7,451,964 2008 832 116 102 106 $5,937,965 2007 668 79 95 80 $3,480,229 2006 402 31 49 51 $1,215,639 2005 328 21 34 41 $1,111,467 2004 363 31 39 47 $1,348,269 2003 471 48 54 60 $2,613,807 2002 754 136 116 104 $5,968,460 2001 448 59 52 61 $1,966,900 2000 27 4 5 3 $105,050
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I agree with your comments. But you might want to take it down a notch. You are right on the edge of creepy stalker.
Guy More than 1 year ago
I agree Big Jeff. It is one thing to be a supporter of an athlete such as Chantal, but PeterG, it is ANOTHER thing to be an "athletic supporter". Settle down fella. They may have to post a guard around Chantal's laundry in the Jock's Room...I think you are one comment away from stealing her laundry.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
You need a restraining order
Guy More than 1 year ago
Only for you and Jack ;o)
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
and the majority of this was done racing against subpar jockeys and horses in canada, not on a major circuit. and aside from her one big horse, what has she done since arriving in ca.?you can flip flop numbers however you like to support an opinion, but thoe that watch races and know what they are lookiing at know she is not a top rider. arguement over.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Says the guy sitting alone in a dark room.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
exactly. sitting at home in a dark room watching replays and betting the races for the last 25 years for a living while your emptying my trash cans and getting broke on 2-5 shots with women jockeys who cant ride.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
In 2009 she was second in the Woodbine jockey standings. In 2010 she won almost 9 million in purses up at Woodbine, 152 winners, and 13th on the US National Earnings list.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
You people who talk about Sutherland like she is chopped liver should study her career a little bit. In 2002 she was 31st in the USA in jockey earnings and 3rd in the jockey standings up at Woodbine. She's one of the top jockeys to ever come out of Canada. She won the Sovereign Award in 2001 and 2002. She's not just some good looking exercise rider like many of you people make her out to be. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chantal_Sutherland