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Zipse At The Track

Game On Dude is the Californian

To anyone that thought that Game On Dude would need a race or two to get back in top form after a disappointing trip to the Middle East this March, I ask, “What were you thinking, Dude?” Today at Betfair Hollywood Park, the powerful gelding proved once again that he is on the short list of the best horses in America with a scintillating romp over a group of three overmatched foes in the Grade 2 Californian.
 
Breaking in rhythm under his partner in crime, Chantal Sutherland, Game On Dude loped right to the lead from his rail post position. With grade 1 winner Morning Line in close contact for the first six furlongs, it was apparent the Dude was moving effortlessly as Sutherland never moved her hands off the long reign she was giving the best horse she has ever ridden. 
 
By the time the field hit the three-eighths pole, the race was all but over. Morning Line started to drop away as Game On Dude began to get serious. The stretch run saw the son of Awesome Again stride to the wire tons the best as an appreciative crowd roared in approval for the horse they had hammered down to even money with confidence.
 
The Bob Baffert charge hit the wire an easy 7 1/4 lengths in front, with Kettle Corn, Prayer for Relief, and Morning Line completing the order of finish. Final time for the nine furlongs was a solid 1:48.01, after the winner set only moderate early fractions.
 
 
For Game On Dude, the victory was his 7th in 17 lifetime starts, including five graded stakes wins and over $2.3 million in earnings. With the Breeders’ Cup coming back to California and Santa Anita this fall, the five-year-old bay has re-announced himself a real threat to do one better than his second place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic
 
Other than the unfortunate trip to Dubai, he has won both of his 2012 starts with disdainful ease, with the other start coming in a 5 ½ length romp in the San Antonio Handicap in February. Tougher competition is most assuredly coming, possibly in the form of Triple Crown hopeful, I’ll Have Another, but for now, Game On Dude should be considered the horse to beat in the big race in November.
 

 

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Wow 114, thats smokin. I guess he did pick up were he left off
114 Beyer for Game on Dude.
He did all this in 12 clips and still decimated the field. I honestly expected more from Prayer For Relief and Morning Line. Something tells me that The Dude may just run off his competition this year.
he looked dominating, and did it in very good time.
I thought he looked great before the race. His coat was totally dabbled out. He was FTL and he ran great. Plus Chantal looked very confident in the saddle!
Perfect 12 clips. I think the Dude wants a few more furlongs.
What more could a girl want?
And he's faster on Santa Anita dirt, so watch out. All he has to do is stay healthy, which doesn't seem to be a problem for him. Hope he faces Bode, too. YEAH, I loved this race. But, Del Mar is not a favorite place for G.O.D. That's okay, because Acclamation is coming back next week !
Great performance by Game On Dude. I was sure he'd bounce back from Dubai but I didn't expect him to be that dominant.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.