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Updated on 10/02/2012 6:30PM
Santa Anita: Game On Dude dominates Awesome Again
By Jay Privman
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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......
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.
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
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
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.
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
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