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

DRF | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Moreno draws inside of other speed

DRF | 12 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...

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

DRF | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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...