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Game On Dude Will Carry 124 in Gold Cup

Game On Dude and Chantal Sutherland win the Goodwood Stakes(GI)at Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA. October 01, 2011
Game On Dude, an easy winner of the Grade II Californian June 2, was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup will be run for the 73rd time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The track’s signature race is part of a stakes doubleheader, along with the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile, a Grade II for fillies and mares on turf.

The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ race, meaning the Breeders’ Cup nominated winner will earn a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Additionally, pre-entry and entry fees will be waived and the winning owner awarded a $10,000 travel allowance.

Owned by  partnership that includes Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernie Schiappa and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Game On Dude will be trying to make up for a nose loss to stablemate First Dude in the 2011 Gold Cup.

Other probable participants and their weight assignments include the Baffert-trained, two-time Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid (120), Kettle Corn and Uh Oh Bango (117), Anthony’s Cross (115), Spud Spivens (114) and recent Vanity upsetter Love Theway Youare  (112).

Should Love Theway Youare, a 4-year-old daughter of Arch owned by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, run Saturday she would be the first female to compete in the Gold Cup since Life Is Sweet, who finished third  in 2009.

The last filly or mare to win the race was Princessnesian for owner William Haggin Perry and trainer James Maloney in 1968.

Entries for the Gold Cup and Royal Heroine will be taken Wednesday.                                   
 
 

 

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124 is a drop in bucket especially when on a pace setter.
GOD ..one of Americas finest!
Love Theway Youare should wait for restricted races for fillies and mares..or just rest up for Del Mar
Less wind resistance, easier to make the weight, can't be accused of hiding a buzzer, or ? forget it.
love those photos.. she should ride nude..
I don't like the weight assigned and he won't dominate, but he will win - given that Sutherland doesn't try to take photos on the backstretch.
Love Theway Youare's Vanity win was nice, but I'm not sure it merited a start in the Gold Cup. Miss Match was more accomplished than Love, and I didn't think she needed to be in the Gold Cup.
Game on Dude will dominate this field!
I believe Miss Match ran last year :)
Not sure if running this filly is a good thing at this point. I guess it's because she likes BHP and hasn't shown that she ships well and there are no other stakes in CA for her besides on turf or against males. Besides, Baffert's colts seem on point right now.

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