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Game On Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again, owned by Diamond Pride, Lanni Famly Trust or Mercedes Stables, will once again have Chantal Sutherland in the tack as they take on nine rivals in the mile and one-quarter test that is the seaside track’s richest and most prestigious of its 75th anniversary year. Sutherland, who already has won five major stakes on the Kentucky-bred, will try for another and in the process attempt to become the first female rider to pull off the Southern California “triple” of the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic.

Next on the odds board comes two-time Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid, who’ll break from post 3 under Victor Espinoza. The 7-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse is listed as a 7-2 shot as he aims for an unprecedented triple of his own with a third Classic tally. Richard’s Kid won his first two runnings – in 2009 and 2010 -- of the race for separate owners and now will try for a third this time after being purchased last weekend by an new ownership group headed by Triple B Farms.

The 10 horses entered for the Grade I headliner were represented by their connections Wednesday evening at a post position draw party at Burlap Restaurant in Del Mar.

Here’s the lineup for the TVG Pacific Classic in post position order: 








Rail Trip

Jose Valdivia Jr.

Ronald W. Ellis




 Amani (CHI)

Garrett Gomez

Neil Drysdale



Richard’s Kid

Victor Espinoza

Leandro Mora



Where’s Sterling

Paco Lopez

Luis M. Ramirez





Joel Rosario

Dale L. Romans





Martin Garcia

Julio C. Canani




Rafael Bejarano

Bob Baffert



Suggestive Boy

Joe Talamo

Ronald McAnally



Game On Dude

Chantal Sutherland

Bob Baffert



Riveting Reason

David Flores

Myung Kwon Cho




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Older Comments about Game On Dude Faces Eager Foes in Pacific Classic...

For a moment, it looked like GOD was going to hold on. He didn't stop, but Dullahan's kick was too much. He even set a new track record. That 5-wide move on the turn was pretty impressive too. I wasn't going to bet him at 4-1 or 9-2, but luckily he went up to 5-1 in the last 2 minutes before post. He'll be a tough one in the BC Classic.
i like G.O.D/R.T/RKID/Amani i think dullahan willnt finish top 3 mayb not even in the superfecta
I think Edgar is referring to Richard's Kid. Just a guess
Dude is going down today.
I have a selection that is I think is going to beat Dullahan and Game On Dude and I am not going to say it ;)
  • amdaman · Yeah, well... I know what it is, but I'm not saying it ;) (sounds idiotic, doesn't it?) · 1818 days ago
Amani looked great in her last start, and Richard's Kid knows how to win the Pacific Classic. I think I'll take GOD on top with Richards Kid and Amani in the exacta
OHH how sneaky
GOD/Richard..50 dollar exacter box..
Jaycito has been full of potential since he finished second in the Del Mar Futurity and won the Norfolk Stakes two years ago. Injuries have gotten in the way, but his allowance victory on the track on July 22 was impressive. Also, Jaycito has been training really well and the fact that he likes Del Mar's Polytrack only adds to the intrigue. Then you have the Bejarano factor. He's the meet's leading rider and is within two stakes wins of tying the Del Mar record of 12. Look for Jaycito and Bejarano to maybe SURPRISE....
I still have to go with Game On Dude, but I think Dullahan will be in the mix as they hit the wire. He finished a good 3rd in the KY Derby on dirt, so that gives me reason to believe that he'll improve here.
It looks like Game on Dude faces some legit competition this time.
This race reminds me a little of the Arkansas Derby how Bob Baffert used Secret Circle and Bodemeister as a one-two punch, let's see if this design will play out the same with Jaycito and GOD.
so is the filly's. And Richard's Kid's. Suggestive Boy is working up a storm. So is Game On Dude. On paper, should be quite a race. But, I'll still stick with the South Americans. You may be right about Dullahan, but this a different level of race than he has experienced before. We will see.
Dullahan's closing kick on poly is great so he'll come fast and win.
I'm leaning towards Amani and Suggestive Boy, with Rail Trip as a sentimental choice. But with him at the rail, you would think they would have to send him. Game On Dude is going to have to be sharp to get position, so they may end up battling up front.
Dullahan is getting my money for this race!

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