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Game On Dude Gets Post 11 in Pacific Classic

Five-million-dollar earner Game On Dude will break from Post 11 Sunday at Del Mar in a field of 13 in the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic, the richest race in the west for older horses.

The 6-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again has twice come up short at short odds in the 10-furlong headliner, running fourth in 2011, then second last year. This time he’s listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for this 23rd running of the 3-year-old and up crucible, which will feature the second-largest field in its history, topped only by the 14 runners in Came Home’s winning effort in 2002.

Game On Dude, who runs out of the barn of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, a three-time winner of the race, will be ridden by the nation’s leading rider, Joel Rosario.

Next in the betting line is last year’ s Pacific Classic hero, Dullahan, who’ll start from Post 9 and carry 7-2 morning line odds going in. The chestnut colt again has shipped in from Kentucky to try for his double and will pick up the saddle services of Del Mar’s leading rider, Rafael Bejarano.

Next in the betting comes recent San Diego Handicap winner Kettle Corn at 6-1 (Post 7), the Canadian invader Delegation at 8-1 (Post 10) and then a two-time winner of the race already – the veteran Richard’s Kid – also at 8-1 (Post 6).

The TVG Pacific Classic will be the ninth of 11 races on the Sunday card with a special first post time of 1 p.m. Also on the program will be the $250,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at seven furlongs and the $200,000 Del Mar Mile on turf.

The TVG Pacific Classic, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race, guarantees the winner free entry into the nation’s richest races, the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which this year will be run on November 2 at Santa Anita Park.

The field in post-position order with odds:

1

Endorsement

20

2

Liaison

15

3

Holding Glory (BRZ)

20

4

Farraaj (IRE)

12

5

You Know I Know

20

6

Richard’s Kid

8

7

Kettle Corn

6

8

Byrama (F) (GB)

20

9

Dullahan

7/2

10

Delegation

8

11

Game On Dude

5/2

12

Jeranimo

10

13

Blueskiesnrainbows

20

 

 

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Older Comments about Game On Dude Gets Post 11 in Pacific Classic...

Kettle Corn; Dullahan; Farraaj; Richard's Kid. Sprinkle in GonD in the underneaths, but I don't believe he wins.
11,9,7,6.
With Rosario out, I wonder who's going to pick up the mount on Game On Dude
Dullahan and Farraaj
If he wins this one, he'll have earned it for sure. Not a step of this race will come easy to Game On Dude, as I see it; he'll have Endorsement and Blueskiesnrainbows (whew) hounding him and each other from the start, then possibly Delegation around the far turn, and Richard's Kid, Byrama, and Dullahan in the final furlong. If G.o.D. wins the Pac. Classic he will warrant a serious place near the top of HOY discussions--but I don't expect it.

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