Tags ‘Game on Dude’

Dick Jerardi: Horses with Mid-Atlantic ties abundant in Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 months ago
Horses that have run and won at the Mid-Atlantic tracks are all over the 14 Breeders’ Cup races to be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude gets comfortable post

DRF | 6 months ago
After a morning that went ideally for Game On Dude with his final workout, co-owner Bernie Schiappa anxiously awaited the draw on Monday afternoon for the post positions for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. There was an audible sigh of relief from him when Game On Dude landed post 9 in the field of 12 for the Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Game On Dude shows he’s ready to rock

DRF | 6 months ago
The last of the major workouts at Santa Anita for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup took place Monday, although with more and more horses continuing to arrive from across the United States and Europe, activity during training hours is just beginning to heat up. Read More...

Steve Davidowitz: Breeders’ Cup favorites worth trying to beat

DRF | 6 months ago
With so many top horses in so many championship-quality races, I think it makes sense to start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup by identifying two different types of horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Baffert’s pair of Game on Dude, Paynter ready to go

DRF | 6 months ago
Their paths to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic could not have been more different, but both Game On Dude and Paynter indicated they are set for their absolute best on Saturday at Santa Anita with sharp final workouts here Monday morning. It was a busy day for Classic preparation, because Fort Larned, last year’s winner, worked at Churchill Downs in advance of his flight to California on Tuesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Game On Dude, Beholder impress in drills

DRF | 6 months ago
Game On Dude and Beholder, two of the leading California-based hopes for the Breeders’ Cup, both turned in strong works for their respective races on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita. Read More...

Santa Anita: Paynter works for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
Paynter, preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, worked in company Monday, but heavy fog obscured all but the final half-furlong of the drill, so track clockers said they were unable to give him an official time. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude gears up with six-furlong drill

DRF | 6 months ago
Game On Dude on Tuesday turned up the intensity of his preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 when working a sharp six furlongs in company at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude has last ‘easy’ drill

DRF | 6 months ago
Three of the leading contenders for this year’s $5 million Breeders’ Classic worked at two different tracks on Tuesday morning, with Game On Dude tuning up at Santa Anita, site of the Breeders’ Cup, while Fort Larned and Will Take Charge got their work in at Churchill Downs Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude leads repeat contenders

DRF | 6 months ago
After a flurry of important races on Sept. 29, this past weekend was a quiet one in regards to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic, with no races that impacted the field. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mike Smith regains mount on Game On Dude

DRF | 7 months ago
Martin Garcia, who rode Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic, was aboard for a six-furlong workout Tuesday, but Mike Smith, who had won five straight races on Game On Dude before the Pacific Classic, will get the mount back for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday. Read More...

Santa Anita notes: Mucho Macho Man awaits matchup with Game On Dude

DRF | 7 months ago
Mucho Macho Man became a Grade 1 winner in his 22nd start with a convincing victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. The win left trainer Kathy Ritvo anxious to run the horse here Nov. 2 in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he will take on local handicap star Game On Dude in the race over 1 1/4 miles. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Game On Dude hard to knock, but not invincible

DRF | 7 months ago
Seven weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup, Game On Dude is the best horse in America and the most likely winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Fort Larned will look to get back on track in Gold Cup

DRF | 7 months ago
Little has gone right for Fort Larned since he won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic, but Fort Larned still has time to get right and properly defend his Classic crown Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Del Mar: Officials leave Pacific Classic time unchanged after review

DRF | 8 months ago
Del Mar officials met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the final time of last Sunday’s Pacific Classic and decided that no disruption occurred with the timing mechanism, leaving the final time for Game On Dude’s electrifying win as 2:00.69 for 1 1/4 miles over the Polytrack synthetic surface. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: How about that Pacific Classic blanket finish?

DRF | 8 months ago
Four horses came down the stretch of the Pacific Classic, their jockeys riding hard, and at the wire not even Trevor Denman could separate them. Read More...

Del Mar to review Pacific Classic time

DRF | 8 months ago
Del Mar racing officials planned to meet Wednesday afternoon to review a discrepancy in the final time of the $1 million Pacific Classic last Sunday. Read More...

Beyer Figure for Pacific Classic revised

DRF | 8 months ago
After a review by Beyer and Associates, the Beyer Speed Figure for Game on Dude’s runaway victory in the Pacific Classic has been revised upward to 113. Read More...

Del Mar: Pacific Classic score puts Game On Dude in familiar position

DRF | 8 months ago
With his victory in the Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar, Game On Dude gets a third chance to finish off a Horse of the Year campaign. Read More...

Game on Dude Powers to Pacific Classic Romp

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
Game on Dude, the leading handicap horse in the country, dominated rivals in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) on Sunday at Del Mar. With Martin Garcia filling in for the injured Joel Rosario, Game On Dude hustled to the lead in the first few strides from t... Read More...

Pacific Classic: Game On Dude wins sixth straight, scores by record 8 1/2 lengths

DRF | 8 months ago
The track was considered his Kryptonite, he needed a last-second replacement rider for a replacement rider, and 11 others were signed up to get him, some seemingly with the speed to make it a challenge. But there was one thing Game On Dude had that the others in the Pacific Classic did not: He was the best horse – by far. Read More...

Pacific Classic: Garcia knows Game On Dude well; Liaison scratch due to post position

DRF | 8 months ago
Martin Garcia on Saturday morning was named to ride Game On Dude in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday at Del Mar after his original mount, Liaison, was scratched from the race. Read More...

Saratoga: Rosario out six weeks, Lezcano to ride Orb, Game On Dude gets Garcia

DRF | 8 months ago
Joel Rosario, the leading jockey in the country in both wins and purse money won, will miss six weeks, including important rides this weekend in the Travers and Pacific Classic, due to a broken left foot suffered in a spill at Saratoga on Friday. Read More...

Del Mar: Rosario injury could impact Game On Dude mount

DRF | 8 months ago
The broken foot bone suffered by jockey Joel Rosario at Saratoga on Friday jeopardizes not only his mounts Saturday at Saratoga, including Orb in the Travers Stakes, but a full slate of races Sunday at Del Mar, including Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic and Goldencents in the Pat O'Brien. Read More...

Del Mar: Game On Dude holds key to Pacific Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
Game On Dude is the best horse in the Pacific Classic. But he is not racing on his best surface. The way Del Mar’s richest race of the season falls on Sunday centers on Game On Dude. Read More...

Steve Klein: Delegation belongs in Pacific Classic exacta play

DRF | 8 months ago
Game On Dude is clearly the horse to beat in Sunday’s 1 1/4-mile $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. He has won five straight races, and 8 of his last 10, so why is he only the tepid 5-2 morning-line favorite? Read More...

Del Mar: Pacific Classic principals all have something to prove

DRF | 8 months ago
The first three finishers in last year’s $1 million Pacific Classic – Dullahan, Game On Dude, and Richard’s Kid, in that order – were entered Wednesday for this year’s running, and each has something to prove. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: The women behind the Pacific Classic powers

DRF | 8 months ago
The handiwork of exercise riders Dana Barnes and Tammy Fox will be on display this Sunday at Del Mar when Dana’s Game On Dude tackles Tammy’s Dullahan in a rematch of last year’s Pacific Classic, in which Dullahan came on strong to catch Game On Dude and win by half a length. Read More...

Del Mar notes: Liaison works for Pacific Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
One day after stable star Game On Dude worked for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert sent out Liaison for his final work for the Pacific Classic in company with Fed Biz, who is set to run Sunday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Pat O’Brien going seven furlongs. Read More...

Del Mar: Game On Dude on edge for Pacific Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
On Monday, Game On Dude completed his serious training for the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic with his sharpest drill of the summer, officially five furlongs in 59.60 seconds, but with a powerhouse gallop-out of another three furlongs. Read More...

Del Mar notes: Byrama has sharp workout, eyes Pacific Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
Byrama worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds at Del Mar on Sunday, a workout that left trainer Simon Callaghan debating whether to start the 4-year-old filly against males in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25. Read More...

Del Mar: Game On Dude skips over Polytrack in Pacific Classic work

DRF | 8 months ago
Fourth in the Pacific Classic in 2011 and second last year, Game On Dude will come into this year’s edition of the Grade 1, $1 million race on Aug. 25 riding a five-race win streak. Read More...

Del Mar notes: Fury Kapcori set for highly anticipated 3-year-old debut

DRF | 9 months ago
On Thursday at Del Mar, Fury Kapcori finally gets back to the races following an injury. He makes his 3-year-old debut in the day’s sixth race, a six-furlong optional claimer in which Fury Kapcori is using his second-level allowance condition. Read More...

Del Mar: Kettle Corn, Paynter could get rematch in Pacific Classic

DRF | 9 months ago
Kettle Corn and Paynter, the first two finishers of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, might have a rematch in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25. Read More...

Del Mar: Game On Dude works toward Pacific Classic

DRF | 9 months ago
Game On Dude, unbeaten in four major stakes in California and West Virginia, worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds at Del Mar on Saturday, his first workout since a win in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 6. Read More...

Del Mar opening day something to cheer about

DRF | 9 months ago
The Del Mar meeting is the racing highlight of the year for many fans as well as people directly involved in the sport. It begins Wednesday at 2 p.m., and when the gates open for the first race, the massive crowd will cheer heartily from start to finish. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Yakteen believes he has a good one in Freakin Rocket

DRF | 9 months ago
Unbeaten in two starts at Betfair Hollywood Park in May and June, Freakin Rocket makes his stakes and turf debut in the first division of Wednesday’s $100,000 Oceanside Stakes on Del Mar’s opening day. The colt’s career is only 60 days old, but he may be the best horse Tim Yakteen has trained in his nine-year career, even if the trainer was reluctant to say so Sunday. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude likely to start next in Pacific Classic

DRF | 9 months ago
Game On Dude will have a clear goal in the second half of 2013 after extending his winning streak to five races in Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park. “We need to win the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday. Read More...

Hollywood Gold Cup: Game On Dude successfully defends title under 127 pounds

DRF | 10 months ago
Game On Dude was good even before jockey Mike Smith got on him, but he seems to have gotten even better since. They ran their record to 5 for 5 on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park with a front-running victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Last call for Hollywood’s Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Saturday’s final running of the Hollywood Gold Cup has fans and media scrambling for the misty-eyed reminiscences, and there are plenty, from the three-peats of Native Diver and Lava Man, to the isolated splendor of Ack Ack and Cigar, to the inspiring professionalism of Gallant Man, Affirmed, and Best Pal. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude, Smith tough team in Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Mike Smith is unbeaten in four stakes on Game On Dude, and he is confident that streak will be stretched to five in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Batti Man could pressure Game On Dude in Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Trainer Dan Hendricks said he planned to enter front-runner Batti Man in the Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday, which would give Game On Dude company up front. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude to shoulder career-high weight in Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Game On Dude was assigned 127 pounds Sunday for the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup this coming Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Should he run, that would be the highest impost carried by Game On Dude in his career, which now numbers 25 races. He has carried 126 pounds four times, all losses. Read More...

Hollywood Park notes: Only nine nominated to Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, the richest race of the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, drew just nine nominations. Read More...

Game on Dude Heads Noms for Hollywood Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Defending champion Game On Dude and 2011 CashCall Futurity winner Liaison head the list of nominees to the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. The signature race of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gold Cup, which is run at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, will be renewed for the 74th time Saturday, July 6 at [...](Read more...) Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude back on target for Gold Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Game On Dude, California’s top handicap horse, is back on course for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 6 after a brief illness scare last week. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude resumes training

DRF | 11 months ago
Game On Dude, who won $1.5 million Charles Town Classic and the San Antonio and Santa Anita handicaps earlier this year, resumed training Sunday after missing a workout because of concern over his health. Read More...

Hollywood Park: Game On Dude misses training; still on track for Gold Cup

DRF | 11 months ago
Game On Dude did not train Friday at Santa Anita, and a workout scheduled for Sunday has been postponed after the 6-year-old showed signs of viral illness. Read More...

Hollywood Park notes: Baffert splitting up Liaison, Game On Dude

DRF | 11 months ago
Over the next six weeks, trainer Bob Baffert’s runners will be tough to beat in major stakes for older horses on the main track at Betfair Hollywood Park. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town deserves credit for handling of Classic timing error

DRF | 12 months ago
Every race track in America can learn a lesson from how Charles Town management handled the timing issue in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. Read More...