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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Game On Dude is too Good for These

Come on people! You cannot really be this fickle, can you? With the risk of looking absolutely foolish later this afternoon, I will go on record as saying that Game On Dude is simply too good for his Native Diver Handicap competition. Just watch as he gives good horses like Richard’s Kid and Nonios five pounds each and then steamrolls them in an easy front running score. The same kind of front running romp that he has completed so many times before … but wait a minute, he lost his last race … The sky must be falling! A defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and people are jumping off his bandwagon faster than Joan Rivers sets up her next facelift appointment. Take a look at a sampling at some of the comments I received this morning on social media outlets, followed by my response to each.
 
“Dude is out of game. [He is] headed towards retirement.”
 
As a gelding with four graded stakes wins this year, don’t hold your breath on that retirement.
 
“I wonder why they haven't considered putting Game On Dude in a couple of allowance races to get him back into the "winning" mode? He has lost enough times recently that I just wonder if he might benefit from something like that.”
 
Probably because he is still the best horse in California, and you only have to go back one more race than his last, to find an easy grade 1 victory.
 
“[I am] totally going against G.O.D on my site. [I] went Nonios, Richards Kid, Kettle Corn. [I] just didn't like the way he ran last time.”
 
Good luck with that. In that aforementioned grade 1 victory two starts back, who was that he absolutely dominated? Oh yeah, none other than Nonios and Richard’s Kid
 
The Breeders’ Cup Classic was a bad race for Game On Dude. After steadying at the start, he was shuffled back and never had the chance to run his race. A wide move on the turn was the best he could do, and not persevered with; he faded back to the middle of the pack. So now it seems that fickle fans are more than ready to write-off all of the excellent races he has run in the past few years.
 
It’s kind of sad really. The seven-time stakes winner and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, is one of the best horses we have, and is a horse that we have enjoyed for years. One bad race, and we are ready to cast him aside. Maybe many would have preferred to see him retire prematurely like so many a high-priced stallion.
 
Not me, I am looking forward to many more Game On Dude races … and many more stakes wins, like the one we are just hours away from seeing today at Betfair Hollywood Park.
 

 

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buds, Your above statement said that "the Dude prefers synthetic dirt." So, three of us responded to that assertion. I would like to see him run against other older males outside the state of California as well. Mary Z.'s idea of the Foster was a viable option--he did not do badly at Churchill in the BCC 2011. The Oaklawn Handicap will be coming up in the spring--a couple of us mentioned that race on a different thread. Baffert frequently sends his 3y/o's to Arkansas; maybe GOD as well this year?
The Native Diver is a prime example. A race where he is running against a field of horses that havent won more than a Grade 3, over the last 2 years.
Ok, let me clarify my statement. First of all I’m not skilled enough to know the true differences between the types of synthetic surfaces, so thanks for the clarification Goblin. My point is that "The Dudes" connections need to expand on what they did last year for this horse. It doesn’t matter what he runs on if his toughest comp is Uh Oh Bango! Nonios is at least coming around as a better race horse. If they do the same as last year, he will run against the same (2nd rate) horses again. Horses, like all athletes, need to compete against quality horses every time out. An occasional “tune-up” race is ok, but his campaign last year was tooooo easy. So if he comes into the Breeders cup with 3-4 G1 wins out west, hes the favorite. While a horse like MMM, or whoever, has 1 win, a couple 2nd and thirds, while running against way better competition, is going to be better prepared to run against a large Grade 1 field. So my point is to run him anywhere there are tough horses.
Exactly, Mary Z. I did a quick check after seeing buds's post, and found that Dude has won only 3 times in his entire career on a synthetic surface whether it be Polytrack, Cushion Track, or Tapeta. He did not do well in Dubai--finished 12th last spring. He has won 7 times on conventional dirt at various locations, including the Santa Anita dirt. Easy to find on Equibase.
Buds, his races over synthetic had not be nearly as impressive as his dirt wins. Lost the PC both times he ran, that was on poly. Ran a non effort in Dubai on synthetic. His best efforts on syn have come over Cushion track, the one that clearly plays like dirt the most.
Except for the BCC loss, Game On Dude had been preferring Santa Anita dirt.
The S. Foster would be a step in the right direction, except "The Dude" prefers synthetic dirt like they have in Dubai and California.
lot of rumors of jockey deshawn parker,he has been off amounts @ mountainer is there a reason?
I never jumped off the GOD bandwagon. I've always enjoyed seeing him run, and I can't wait for next year!
Maybe "the Dude" will run in the Foster.
The Dude is going to do the same as he did last year, stay in CA and run against 2nd rate older males, winning a few G1 over "Grandpa Richard" Kid (LOL), Kettle Corn and Nonios. Then go into the Classic as a favorite, then get smoked by the real good horses that beat each other all season long. I would tell the conections to go to the world cup, or even something like the Donn, anything but the So. Cal thing again.
No, I don't tell any connections what to do with their horses. About checking profiles, I wonder if the usernames must not contain spaces? Not sure.
That does it...it is cocoa!
hmm... that weird. I only get that on certain people.
rafirox. FOr some reason, I cannot look at anyone's profile. Every time I try I get the Death Error screen. I can't make silks or anything. I can't even look at my acct anymore. Perhaps cocoa is pulling the cyber strings. JUST KIDDIN' cocoa.
I'll be watching Mary Z. Use some influence and get him to Hot Springs for the Oaklawn Handicap!!!
jay s., Nonios was very patient about my affection for him. And as far as how he performs as a race horse, only started racing in February of 2012, 10 months, 10 races, and battling with and I'd biasedly say giving a bit of a scare to the top Cali horse, and one of the top main track older males in Game On Dude, is coming far in a short time, and watch out for Nonios in 2013 if he's this good already.
Seriously, were talikng about a horse who's eclipsed and in his prime who narily beat an up and coming 3yr old. Not sure what the excitement is over him but to each his own. RB still stinks as bad as Pepperspit Fatty
Jay read my profile, lots of info in there LOL, I am very chatty.
Mary Z. It appears you may have some connections with Nonios. Other than rafirox saying he's a professional comedian, all I really know about anyone else is their user name. Anyway, I can tell you're truly thrilled by his performance. Whether you have connections, or just a fan, I'm very happy for you. Your enthusiasm for Nonios stirs my inner spirit and love for this game.

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