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Does Game On Dude Deserve Eclipse Award?

Game On Dude and Chantal Sutherland win the Goodwood Stakes(GI)at Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA. October 01, 2011

When the Eclipse Award winners are announced on Jan. 16, Bob Baffert is hopeful that Game on Dude will be recognized as top male handicap horse of 2011. The Hall of Fame trainer feels the Santa Anita Handicap winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up accomplished enough last year to merit the honor, but he’s not dusting off a place on his mantle quite yet. 

“He has a legitimate chance, but I think there’s an Eastern bias,” Baffert said. “I think Tizway’s going to get a lot of votes because he won (the Whitney) at Saratoga. But Game on Dude, he did travel outside of California and that helps his cause. He actually beat Tizway and Acclamation when he went to Charles Town and ran in the Charles Town Classic.

“Game on Dude, you have to give him credit. He won all year long. He won his opening race here, he won the Big ‘Cap, then went to Texas but didn’t run real well there.

“He wants to be on the lead. That’s his biggest weapon. He just missed (winning) the (Hollywood) Gold Cup by a quarter of an inch to First Dude, who is a good horse. He beat Twirling Candy there on the square.

“He hated Del Mar. He didn’t run as good as he could there. He came back and won the Goodwood and ran a tremendous race in the Breeders’ Cup (Classic), took all the heat, so off that, if you grade him for all year-round performances, he probably had the best year, and that would give him a legitimate chance, but you never know what they’re going to do.”



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I'm sorry, Tizway fans, but he only won two races. That's not deserving of a YEAR END award. Game on Dude has been running fantastically ALL YEAR. He gets the award over Tizway 100%.

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