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Breeders' Cup Classic: All Eyes on Game On Dude

Game On Dude can make his case for Horse of the Year with a win in Saturday's Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. 

Bob Baffert's 5-year-old gelding set the pace and gamely held the place in this event last year. The razor sharp early-pressing type is 5-for-5 at Santa Anita and has struck twice at ten furlongs. Bejarano got to know him in the G1 Awesome Again last time and he is training well for this engagement. He is the solid 9-5 morning line favorite.

Fort Larned was impressive in the G1 Whitney and completed his preparations for this with a solid show finish in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He drew post 4 and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. might get aggressive early. 

Flat Out repeated in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup but is not the same horse away from Belmont Park and he has been plagued by foot problems.

Mucho Macho Man has been carefully managed this year. He has proven to be most effective up to nine furlongs and lost a below par renewal of the G1 Woodward when last seen at Saratoga on September 1. 

Nonios was clearly second best behind Game On Dude in the local prep for this. The late developing 3-year-old rates a longshot look under Martin Pedroza. 

Awesome Again show finisher Richard's Kid needs pace help and will try to get involved late.

G1 Santa Anita Handicap hero Ron the Greek threw in a rare clunker in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He packs a nice late punch when on his game.

To Honor And Serve is dangerous when he feels like running. He was 7th from post 12 in this event last year and is probably slated for a similar finish.

Alpha won the G1 Travers at this distance but has yet to run a quality race outside of New York.  

Pool Play, Brilliant Speed, and Handsome Mike complete the field.

PP HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY ODDS
1 POOL PLAY Mark Casse Miguel Mena 30-1
2 FLAT OUT Bill Mott Joel Rosario 5-1
3 ALPHA Kiaran McLaughlin Ramon Dominguez 20-1
4 FORT LARNED Ian Wilkes Brian Hernandez Jr. 5-1
5 GAME ON DUDE Bob Baffert Rafael Bejarano 9-5
6 BRILLIANT SPEED Tom Albertrani Junior Alvarado 20-1
7 HANDSOME MIKE Doug O'Neill Mario Gutierrez 30-1
8 NONIOS Jerry Hollendorfer Martin Pedroza 20-1
9 RICHARD'S KID Doug O'Neill Garrett Gomez 12-1
10 RON THE GREEK Bill Mott Jose Lezcano 6-1
11 MUCHO MACHO MAN Kathy Ritvo Mike Smith 8-1
12 TO HONOR AND SERVE Bill Mott John Velazquez 8-1

 

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Older Comments about Breeders' Cup Classic: All Eyes on Game On Dude...

GOD Darn it...GOD is not a horse...He's a VIP in Baffert's Barn, for Christ's sake
Mott x 3 and Fort Larned
#1,Flat Out,#2,Fort Larned,#3,Mucho Macho Man,#4Game On Dude/ RTG and THAS are at the bottom of their cycle, toss.
GOD is a good horse. His particular problem in this race is there are six horses who are better and three of them will fire!
I have yet to see what most other people seem to see in GOD. I just don't think he is that impressive. He has lost most of his big races to 2nd class runners. Not a horse I'd like to see horse of the year go to.
GOD not hitting the board is like no candy on Halloween..not a shot in Hell.
Flat Out seems to be adapting to everything and at the top of his game. GOD won't hit the board.
horse that adapts to the faster surface will win
Flat Out to win. horses for exotics, RTG, MMM, GOD, Fort Larned, THAS. I like them in the order posted.
Lots of horses aren't true 1 1/4 horses. Leaning towards Flat Out coming into the race really well. Pool Play is going to be my long shot play
Going with Ron The Greek as key and To Honor And Serve for one more shot. Box play with both and Game On Dude
Game On Dude, Mucho Macho Man, and Ron the Greek are my top 3...not necessarily in that order.
MMM is THE horse to watch. MMM/RTG/Flat out, GOD tri

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