Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude worked seven furlongs
under regular rider Rafael Bejarano on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt
track Sunday morning in 1:25 for next Saturday’s $5 million World
Championship event at 1 ¼ miles.
Game On Dude, who worked in company with Blueskiesnrainbows (six
furlongs in 1:13.60), was one of 12 Baffert horses on Sunday’s work
Others in their final major drills for their Breeders’ Cup
engagements next Friday and Saturday included Sprint contenders Coil and
Capital Account, one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Sprint
Championship, four furlongs in 48.20 and 48.60, respectively; Fast
Bullet (Sprint), four furlongs in 48.20; Power Broker (Juvenile), ridden
by Bejarano, in company with Title Contender (Juvenile), each a bullet
59 flat for five furlongs.
Also, Fed Biz (Dirt Mile), four furlongs in 48 flat, breezing;
and Contested (Filly & Mare Sprint), six furlongs in a bullet
“He worked like he’s been working right along,” Baffert said
matter-of-factly of Game On Dude, owned in part by baseball icon Joe
Torre. “It was his last workout (before the Classic). So far, so good.
“Coil and Capital Account went really nice; Fast Bullet went
real nice, and Power Broker went real nice with Title Contender.
Contested worked really fast early but I didn’t think she was going that
Baffert said he was satisfied with how his Breeders’ Cup
candidates were doing at the moment, but cautioned, “a lot can happen in
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Unbeaten My Miss Aurelia (Ladies’ Classic) worked four furlongs
for Steve Asmussen in 48 seconds, breezing. “Very happy, very excited”
is how the trainer summed up the move.
Juniper Pass (Marathon) worked five furlong for trainer Ray Bell
in 1:00.60, while Monument (Juvenile) went six furlongs for John Sadler
Turf workers at Santa Anita Sunday included Bridgetown (Turf
Sprint) and Doubles Partner (Mile) for Todd Pletcher, four furlongs in
the identical time of 46.80; California Flag (Turf Sprint), four
furlongs under Joe Talamo in a bullet 46.20 for Brian Koriner; and Tale
of a Champion (Turf Sprint), four furlongs in 47 flat for Kristin
Bourbon Bay was declared from the Turf by trainer Neil Drysdale.
Know More, pre-entered in the Juvenile and the Juvenile Turf, will run in the Juvenile Turf, trainer Doug O’Neill said.
Amazombie’s fourth in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct.
6 was the worst finish in his last 18 starts. The defending Breeders’
Cup Sprint king had never been worse than third in 17 straight races
prior to that, winning nine and being disqualified from a 10th when he
was moved from first to third in the Los Angeles Handicap in May of
Since a maiden victory in her first start on Dec. 13, 2009, the
John Sadler-trained Switch (Filly & Mare Sprint) has run in stakes
races 22 straight times, 13 of them Grade I’s, winning two and earning
more than $1.3 million for owners Lee and Susan Searing (CRK Stable).
Friday’s local weather update calls for partly cloudy skies, a
high of 76 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain. Saturday: sunny with
a high of 81.