04/01/2013 3:55PM

Santa Anita notes: Game On Dude still sharp

Shigeki Kikkawa
Game On Dude went an easy half-mile in 47.40 seconds under Mike Smith at Santa Anita on Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Game On Dude won the Santa Anita Handicap for the second time last month, and he continues to train strongly in preparation for his next start, the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20. On Monday morning at Santa Anita, he went an easy half-mile in 47.40 seconds under regular rider Mike Smith, who was just back from riding Royal Delta in the Dubai World Cup.

Game On Dude went effortlessly, by himself.

“He’s doing so good,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert.

Baffert double-teaming Beholder

Beholder, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly, heads the field for the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, and among her challengers will be two from Baffert’s barn, Fiftyshadesofhay and Black Witch, both of whom worked a half-mile Monday morning at Santa Anita.

Fiftyshadesofhay was timed in 47.60 seconds, while Black Witch went in 47.80 seconds. They did not work together.

Richard Mandella, the trainer of Beholder, also will send out Jimmy Creed on Saturday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Potrero Grande for sprinters. Jimmy Creed finished his preparation on Monday with a half-mile drill in 46 seconds, the fastest of 31 at the distance.

Unbridled’s Note, set to face Jimmy Creed in the 6 1/2-furlong Potrero Grande, worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds for trainer Steve Asmussen, while Capital Account went a half-mile in 48 seconds for Baffert.

War Academy shows ‘lazy’ side

War Academy, an impressive allowance winner going a route here last month and a candidate for the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 13, looked to be outworked by Belvin in a team drill Monday for Baffert. Both were officially clocked in 1:01 for five furlongs, but Belvin appeared to be going the better of the two late and was clearly superior on the gallop-out.

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Baffert said War Academy is “very lazy,” and promised a sharper final drill next week.

Belvin was last of six Feb. 17 in the seven-furlong San Vicente, with War Academy fourth. Belvin defeated maidens going 6 1/2 furlongs on opening day Dec. 26.