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Game On Dude's Latest Pacific Classic Workout Draws Rave Reviews

“Here’s your headline,” clocker Toby Turrell said. “If you liked last week’s work, you’re going to love this one.”

Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Game On Dude officially worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 Wednesday morning in preparation for the $1 million Grade I TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 25. But the six-furlong mark was the point at which, “the fun begins,” Turrell continued.

Subsequent galloping out clockings at furlong points were 1:24.60 for seven furlongs,  1:37.60 which is impressive for that distance, Turrell said. Trainer Bob Baffert had Game On Dude, who worked alone under jockey Martin Garcia, galloping out 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.00.

“He went nice, it was a good long work,” Baffert said. “I liked the way he went over the track.” Game on Dude broke off at the five-eighths pole and galloped out to the same point.

A victory in the Pacific Classic would make Game On Dude only the second horse to win the three major stakes at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar in the same year. Lava Man achieved the feat in 2006.



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