03/17/2013 1:51PM

Santa Anita: Game On Dude tunes up for $1.5 million Charles Town Classic

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Barbara D. Livingston
Game On Dude, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in his most recent start, is being pointed to the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on April 20.

ARCADIA, Calif. – In his first work since his breathtaking victory in the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this month, Game On Dude cruised through a half-mile in 49.20 seconds on Sunday morning at Santa Anita.

Martin Garcia was aboard for the work, and he was standing tall in the saddle as Game On Dude effortlessly cruised through the lane.

“I needed to work him. He was getting pretty anxious,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert.

Game On Dude is being pointed to the Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20, Baffert said.

“It’s $1 million to the winner,” Baffert said.

Game On Dude finished second in the 1 1/8-mile race in 2011.

Game On Dude won the Big Cap for the second time, having also captured it in 2011. His regular rider, Mike Smith, was en route from Arkansas on Sunday morning, having ridden Oxbow in the Rebel on Saturday.

Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
It will be GAME ON DUDE and MIKE SMITH when the camera flashes at the wire. This race might be as easy as his last.
Rob More than 1 year ago
No local horse has a chance unless Cherokee's boy, Confucius Say,Donalds Pride or Researcher get a couple works in soon ...... Lucy and Russel beter stay in the barn
Rob More than 1 year ago
Somebody mentioned Lucy's Bob Boy the local horse and wow he is a monster. He just ran a 5 furlong bullet in 101 flat thats around 2 turns there and in his last race he broke a track record that stood since 1976 oh and he loves the track. Game on Dude will be 3-5 and a total bet against in there.
john More than 1 year ago
Beats going to Dubai and getting your rear end kicked - not happy memories for Baffert either
john More than 1 year ago
Take the money and run
Mark. More than 1 year ago
The Dude Abides !
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Game On Dude. Can't bet on him, and can't bet against him.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Caixa Electronica got a very good tightener in his last start. He likes Charlestown, and he's a money horse!!!
Jewey More than 1 year ago
christ. lucy's bobs boy may win this race
grayposse More than 1 year ago
$1 million to the winner hey!! Mike Smith will be sitting in first-class on the flight back from good ole Charlestown!!!