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Game On Dude's Workout Impresses Baffert

The blitz towards the Breeders’ Cup continued at mach speed Sunday morning at Santa Anita as several major players worked for their engagements in the World Championship events at The Great Race Place on Nov. 2 and 3, headed by Classic favorite Game On Dude.

The 5-year-old Awesome Again gelding worked six furlongs in company with stablemate Midnight Interlude and was clocked in 1:12.20 with regular rider Rafael Bejarano in the saddle. Last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude went in 1:14.60.

“He went really nice,” Bob Baffert said with the emphasis on really, about Game On Dude. “I really liked it. Everything went smooth.”

Asked if Game On Dude was in optimum form for the mile and a quarter Classic, in which he was second to Drosselmeyer last year after leading into deep stretch at Churchill Downs, Baffert said: “He’s been like this all year long. He’s been really good ever since he came back from Dubai.”

Baffert also sent unbeaten Executiveprivilege (Juvenile Fillies) six furlongs in company with Super Ninety Nine. With Bejarano aboard, Executiveprivilege was timed in 1:12, fastest of 21 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.93.

“Her work didn’t go as smooth as I wanted it to because she was too far back,” Baffert said. “He (Bejarano) grabbed a hold of her and then she lost interest, but she worked good.”

Super Ninety Nine was clocked in 1:12.80.

Coil and Capital Account, one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6, also worked in tandem for Baffert, going four furlongs in 46.60 and 46.80, respectively, for the XpressBet Sprint. Coil’s time was the fastest of 45 recorded at the distance, the average time of which was 49.34.

Fast Bullet, unbeaten in two starts but idle since last November, also worked for Baffert, going five furlongs solo in a bullet 58.60, after which the Hall of Fame trainer said Fast Bullet would be pre-entered for the Sprint, giving him three possible starters in the six furlong race. Baffert said Santa Anita jockey leader Joe Talamo rides Fast Bullet in the Sprint.

Pre-entries will be taken Monday, with publication of same next Wednesday.

Also working Sunday at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup were My Miss Aurelia (Ladies’ Classic), winner of the Grade I $1 million Cotillion at Parx, six furlongs in 1:12.40, and Dust and Diamonds (Filly & Mare Sprint), five furlongs in 59.80. “I thought both traveled really well,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “Both fillies are doing good.”

Elsewhere on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday: Nates Mineshaft (Dirt Mile) went seven furlongs for Richard Mandella in 1:24.60; Commander (Marathon) worked four furlongs for trainer Troy Taylor in 48.60; and John Henry Turf Championship winner Slim Shadey (Turf) went five furlongs in a minute flat for Simon Callaghan.

“The horse worked very well,” Mandella said of Nates Mineshaft, adding that he planned to pre-enter Beholder in both the Juvenile Sprint and the Juvenile Fillies.

Switch (Filly & Mare Sprint) and Lady of Shamrock (Filly & Mare Turf) each worked a bullet on the main track Saturday for John Sadler, going five furlongs in 58.80 and seven in 1:26.20, respectively.

“Both went real well,” the trainer said Sunday morning. “Both had bullets. They’re essentially ready to run.”

 

 

What the Nation is saying about Game On Dude's Workout Impresses Baffert...

Game On Dude is sharp as a tack and ready to go, the only question is the distance, with new rider Bejarano in the irons is what this son of Awesome Again needs to gets the distance and it also helps that he is on his favorite track, G.O.D. the one to beat in the Classic. As for the sprint Coil has really been impressing in the mornings and appears to be sitting on a big race, he has an upset chance of winning the Sprint this year. Defending champ Amazombie appears to be having issue's and something is amiss, he has not been himself since his win in the Pat O' Brien, Capital Account is another that is in sharp form and if the pace is hot he will be motoring down the lane like a freight train without brakes. Filly and Mare Turf, Lady Of Shamrock has been flying under the radar and will be the one to beat , most likely she will be overlooked and that bodes well getting a juicy price on her. The Juvenile Fillies, what can I say other than Executiveprivilege is a Super Star in the making and will be a single for the exoctic players. In the B.C. Turf no question Point Of Entry is the one to beat, this son of Dynaformer is as sharp a tack and we still have not seen his best, look for a big performance from this one and that should put him over the edge for HOTY, like Shug said wait until he gets to California on a firm turf and he will show just how good he is. The B.C. Mile Wise Dan will be the heavy favorite in there and I do believe he will be upset, Obviously is beening supplemented into the race for $100,00.00, he is burning up the turf course and just ran a low 1:32 and change at Santa Anita, and the race prior to that he set a Turf Course record at Del Mar, he is ultra sharp and is trained by the talented Mike Mitchell and will be ridden by Say it ain't so Joe Talamo the one to beat, and no I did-not forget the Euro's, IMO they will be shut out this year and will be non-factors this year.

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