Tags ‘Game on Dude’

Imperative outguns Game On Dude in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 4 days ago
Imperative, ridden by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, ran by Game On Dude in the final furlong to win Saturday night’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic by 1 1/2 lengths. Read More...

Game On Dude better equipped for Charles Town Classic repeat

DRF | 7 days ago
On Saturday, when Game On Dude runs in the Charles Town Classic for the third time, he will have regular shoes as he attempts to become not only a repeat winner of this lucrative race but just the 15th Thoroughbred – and the first gelding – to surpass the $7 million mark in earnings. Read More...

Game On Dude faces six challengers in Charles Town Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
After claiming his third straight victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap last month, Game On Dude will go for his second straight success in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on Saturday night, when he takes on six rivals in the $1.5 million race run at 1 1/8 miles around three turns. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town Classic soars to high stature

DRF | 1 week ago
Two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, when all the major Derby preps are done, is perfect timing to get some attention for your race and your race track. And Charles Town management has certainly done that with a huge purse and what promises to be a great card of racing culminating with Game On Dude trying to defend his title in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in six-furlong work

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in six-furlong work

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Game On Dude flies in work

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major exercise before the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on Saturday. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town Classic stacking up to be a good showdown

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 19 is coming up fast. And there are going to be some really fast horses in the gate, making for one of the best fields of older horses assembled in 2014. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town Classic stacking up to be a good showdown

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 19 is coming up fast. And there are going to be some really fast horses in the gate, making for one of the best fields of older horses assembled in 2014. Read More...

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

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Game On Dude is on schedule for a start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia on April 19 after working six furlongs in 1:13 at Santa Anita on Sunday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude, Bayern, The Admiral work for Baffert

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Three of Bob Baffert's stakes horses worked Wednesday. Game On Dude worked for the Charles Town Classic and 3-year-olds Bayern and The Admiral worked for upcoming Kentucky Derby preps. Read More...

Game on Dude First Three-Time Winner of the Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Game on Dude became the first three-time champion of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita on March 8 with a sparkling win over Will Take Charge. Game On Dude snapped a three-race skid with his victory against seven rivals, including Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge, the one-two finishers over the track [...](Read more...) Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude shows he’s still got game in Big Cap

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert’s admiration for Game On Dude reached a new level after the $750,750 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. The race was almost two hours old when Baffert was told that Game On Dude’s winning time of 1:58.17 for 1 1/4 miles was a stakes record in the 77th running of the historic race. Read More...

Game On Dude blazes to third Santa Anita Handicap victory

DRF | 2 months ago
Game On Dude had a one-length lead over Will Take Charge on the turn of Saturday’s $750,750 Santa Anita Handicap when jockey Mike Smith sensed he was on the verge of Santa Anita racing history. Read More...

Byron King: Taris even better than she looks in Honeybee

DRF | 2 months ago
To some, Taris might appear a vulnerable morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park. But to these eyes, she isn’t vulnerable – rather, she is a filly likely to win rather comfortably. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Santa Anita Handicap reclaims its glorious past

DRF | 2 months ago
There are so few four-legged celebrities to go around these days that to find two of them in the starting gate at the same time is cause for a national holiday. Presenting Mucho Macho Man vs. Will Take Charge, Round 2. Read More...

Big ‘Cap Attracts Star Power Like the Old Days

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Santa Anita: Mucho Macho Man is 124-pound highweight in Big Cap

DRF | 2 months ago
Mucho Macho Man is alone at the top of the weights for Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap with an assignment of 124 pounds for the meeting’s top race for older horses. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude no longer Big Cap’s brightest star

DRF | 2 months ago
For a two-time former winner, Game On Dude needs a big race in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 to restore his standing in the handicap division. Read More...

Santa Anita: Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge may scare rivals away from Big Cap

DRF | 2 months ago
The presence of top older males Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 may limit the size of the field. As of Sunday, a field of eight or nine was expected for the Big Cap, with a few trainers taking a wait-and-see approach as to whether they will have a runner. Read More...

Santa Anita: Blingo points to Big Cap after San Antonio upset

DRF | 2 months ago
Blingo is bound for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 after his upset win in Saturday’s $300,500 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. As of Sunday, Blingo is likely to have ample company in the Big Cap. Read More...

Santa Anita: Blingo surprises in San Antonio as Game On Dude fades to fifth

DRF | 2 months ago
An ideal trip behind a fast pace gave Blingo the biggest win of his career in Saturday’s $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita, a race in which 1-5 favorite Game On Dude fought through a speed duel and faded to finish fifth in his 2014 debut. Read More...

Santa Anita: San Antonio familiar territory for Game On Dude

DRF | 3 months ago
Game On Dude makes his 2014 debut in Saturday’s $300,000 San Antonio Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Santa Anita: Robert Lewis, San Antonio to have compact fields

DRF | 3 months ago
here are two stakes on dirt at Santa Anita on Saturday – the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes for older horses over 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles. Both will have small fields. Read More...

Santa Anita: At 7, Game On Dude still trying to win the big one

DRF | 3 months ago
Game On Dude will be in a familiar position at Santa Anita on Saturday – the heavy favorite in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes. But a victory would do little to answer a question dominating his career: Can Game On Dude win the Breeders’ Cup Classic? Read More...

Santa Anita: Baffert has strong hand for Saturday stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
In addition to the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, there are two other stakes Saturday at Santa Anita, and leading trainer Bob Baffert will run favorites in both races. Read More...

Santa Anita: Shakin It Up relishing new winter calendar

DRF | 3 months ago
Shakin It Up has emerged as the dominant 4-year-old male in California this winter, with wins in the $301,500 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs Dec. 26 and the $200,750 Strub Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Santa Anita notes: Owens high on Top Fortitude

DRF | 3 months ago
Top Fortitude ran like an older horse when he won his 2-year-old debut in a maiden race for sprinters at Hollywood Park in November. Read More...

Wise Dan named a finalist in three Eclipse Award categories

DRF | 4 months ago
Wise Dan, who last year became the first horse since John Henry in 1981 to win three Eclipse Awards in the same year, has a chance to do the same thing again this year, having been named a finalist for Horse of the Year, champion older horse, and champion male turf horse – the three categories he won a year ago – when the finalists in all Eclipse Award divisions for 2013 were announced Wednesday. Read More...

Steven Crist: Close call in many Eclipse categories

DRF | 4 months ago
Much as I’d like to, I can’t put it off any longer. The Eclipse Awards ballots are due and here are my choices for the 11 equine flat-racing titles. Read More...

Hollywood Park notes: Game On Dude pointing to San Antonio

DRF | 5 months ago
Game On Dude, second in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29 and California’s leading older horse this year, is likely to make his 2014 debut in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita on Feb. 8. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Remsen a tricky read for Beyer Figure makers

DRF | 5 months ago
In a perfect Beyer world, all times fall perfectly into line every day and there are never any doubts. In the real world of strangely run races, art sometimes trumps science. Read More...

Will Take Charge Defeats Game on Dude in Clark Handicap

Michael Compton | 5 months ago
Will Take Charge turned in a strong late rally under Luis Saez to run down Game On Dude to win the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs. Beaten a nose by Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 2, Will Take Charge collared Game on Dude in the final jump to [...](Read more...) Read More...

Churchill Downs: Will Take Charge by a head in Clark Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
Rarely does a race actually match its buildup, but the dramatic finish to the Clark Handicap may have surpassed the hype Friday when Will Take Charge ran down Game On Dude in a sensational renewal of the Churchill Downs fall-meet signature event. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Game On Dude, Will Take Charge set for showdown in Clark Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
Another dramatic chapter in the storied rivalry between trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas could be added Friday, when they send out the favorites under the lights in the signature race of the Churchill Downs fall meet, the Grade 1 Clark Handicap. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Game On Dude gets rail for Clark

DRF | 5 months ago
Game On Dude drew post 1 as the 126-pound highweight in a field of nine in what has become a much-anticipated 139th running of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude breezes for Clark Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
Game On Dude worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, the final workout for the multiple stakes winner before Friday’s $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Churchill Downs: Clark weight spread narrow between Game On Dude, Will Take Charge

DRF | 5 months ago
Game On Dude has been assigned high weight of 126 pounds, three more than his younger rival, Will Take Charge, for the signature race of the Churchill Downs fall meet, the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap next Friday. Read More...

Churchill Downs notes: Will Take Charge the likely favorite in Clark matchup with Game On Dude

DRF | 5 months ago
With things coming together for an alluring matchup between Game On Dude and Will Take Charge in the signature race of the Churchill Downs fall meet, the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, there’s this question: Which horse will be favored? Read More...

Six finalists for Secretariat Vox Populi Award announced

DRF | 5 months ago
Six horses, including last year’s winner, have been nominated for the 2013 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, which was instituted four years ago by the owners of Secretariat to “recognize the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public,” the organizers of the award have announced. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude might take shot at Clark Handicap at Churchill

DRF | 6 months ago
Game On Dude, ninth as the favorite in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last Saturday, may not be done racing this year and could return in the $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29. Read More...

Wise Dan emerges from Breeders’ Cup as Horse of the Year front-runner

DRF | 6 months ago
After Game On Dude faded to ninth in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, with Princess of Sylmar finished last of six in the Distaff on Friday, Wise Dan becomes the front-runner to repeat as Horse of the Year following his victory on Saturday in the Mile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man’s trainer Ritvo expresses gratitude

DRF | 6 months ago
The morning after reaching the pinnacle of her racing career, trainer Kathy Ritvo was both excited and contemplative over what she and her horse, Mucho Macho Man, had accomplished in winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude’s defeat concludes bittersweet weekend for Baffert

DRF | 6 months ago
A roller-coaster day of experiences and emotions ended on a down note for trainer Bob Baffert, who watched Game On Dude finish far back as the 8-5 favorite in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Game On Dude still sharp for Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
The following are final thoughts on selected horses racing on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card from impressions formed over the past two weeks at Belmont Park and Santa Anita. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Horse of the Year title on the line at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 months ago
One year ago, the choice for Horse of the Year was settled in the final hour of the Breeders’ Cup. Wise Dan defeated high-class international competition to capture the Mile and establish his supremacy as a grass specialist. When Game On Dude, regarded as the country’s best dirt runner, flopped in the Classic, he handed the sport’s top honor to Wise Dan. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude’s success continues to bring friends together

DRF | 6 months ago
Terry Lanni died a little more than two years ago, but every time Game On Dude runs, he’s still there. Lanni was one of the co-owners of Game On Dude, part of a four-member partnership that was put together by his longtime friend, Bernie Schiappa. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude’s bid for Horse of the Year in Classic is highlight of Saturday card

DRF | 6 months ago
For the past three years, Game On Dude has ranked as one of the best older horses in the country. But like the Buffalo Bills teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s and lost them all, Game On Dude has yet to win the one event that would finally bring him an elusive championship. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Opening furlong might determine winner

DRF | 6 months ago
They’re putting the band back together! Five of the runners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, including the top four finishers, have returned for this year’s running Saturday at Santa Anita. What with $5 million in prize money up for grabs, they’ll be on a mission. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Moreno draws inside of other speed

DRF | 6 months ago
While the post position draw for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita turned out well for Game On Dude, the placing of Moreno vis-à-vis the other potential speed in the race left trainer Eric Guillot believing his options had been compromised. Read More...