Bob Baffert said Saturday morning a final decision on whether Game On Dude runs in the Santa Anita Handicap a week from today would not be
made until the gelding works tomorrow and Baffert sees weight
assignments due out today for the Big ’Cap, a race Game On Dude won in
“We’ll see how he works and what the weights are,” Baffert said.
“Everything has to be really good. Otherwise, we’ll look at the Charles
Town Classic ($1.5 million at 1 1/8 miles on April 20). It’s worth $1
million to the winner, and that’s like two Big ’Caps ($450,000 to the
winner), and I know he likes that track.”
Game On Dude was second under 123 pounds to Duke of Mischief on a
sloppy track in the Grade II Charles Town Classic on April 16, 2011.
In other Big ’Cap news, trainer Carla Gaines said Crystal Water
winner John Scott would pass the race in favor of another race to be