I don't remember Game On Dude beating Paynter and the former claimer Soi Phet in the Awesome Again. Game On Dude appears, to me at least, better this year than he was last year. I attribute that both to his maturity and the addition of Mike Smith, who understands that getting to the lead at all costs is the key to victory with Game On Dude.
Dani, Dude isn't Invasor and doesn't need to be to win this race. Two completely different horses and racetracks. Basing one's handicapping on the Classics of the past makes zero sense. Game On Dude is the best horse in the race, he is on top of his game and can romp even on surfaces that he's been proven to hate (polytrack). There's no guarantee he'll be facing the most pace pressure of his career, but even if he does, he's got a high cruising speed anyway, of all the horses on the pace a little speed should bother him the least.
The only thing that'll get Dude beat this year is a slow break and a passive ride by Mike Smith. If he breaks sharp, unlike last year, it's easily his race to lose. The 2 month freshening was a smart move on Baffert's part, for he'll have Dude razor sharp for the likely hot pace of this year's Classic.
Racing fans like drayton can be so impressionable at times.
I still over many doubts about this overhyped horse.
"my sire was an American hero". Darn right he was!
"overtrain" a young horse, it can be just as harmful to "undertrain" them. Speed drills prepare a horse's bones for the stresses of horse racing, whereas long slow gallops will not.
I'm 100% with Bill Pressey when it comes to racehorse soundness. In many cases, horsemen are to blame for not developing the proper foundation in their young horses' bones. While one shouldn't
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