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Zipse At The Track

Game On Dude pads bankroll in Charles Town Classic

It may not have had the sizzle of his romp in the Santa Anita Handicap, but Game On Dude proved tonight at Charles Town Races that he could take his winning game on the road with a workmanlike victory in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. The victory may have been workmanlike, but the purse of $1.5 million certainly was not, as the West Virginia oval put up one of the largest purses in America to attract the likes of Game On Dude.
The sizable purse succeeded in drawing a small but select field, and the stars of the race would not disappoint in giving the fans an exciting show. Sent off as the prohibitive 3-10 favorite in the field of six, Game On Dude and his Hall of Fame pilot, Mike Smith, were content to track a slow early pace set by long shot, Percussion. It appeared like the Dude could take over whenever he wanted, and sure enough he did just that approaching the quarter pole. By that time, though, a familiar foe, Clubhouse Ride was putting in a menacing move on the outside, and Ron the Greek was making up a lot of ground from his early trailing position. As the field came careening out of the third, and final turn, it looked like the big favorite was in danger, but the Dude dug down and gamely held off his challengers by one-half length at the wire.
The victory was a bit of West Virginia avengement for Game On Dude. Two years ago, he finished second in a muddy Charles Town Classic to Duke of Mischief. Back then he was 5-1, and not yet a true star. This time he came back as the headliner of the race, and returned a conquering hero, snaring the one-million dollar winner’s share.
Game On Dude carried top weight of 123 pounds, spotting his rivals five to seven pounds, and completed the nine furlongs over the fast, but not glib racing surface, in 1:52.27. The Classic win was his fourth consecutive stakes victory since disappointing as the favorite in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Clubhouse Ride, who has now finished second in his last five starts is making quite a nice living playing bridesmaid to Game On Dude.  In both the San Antonio Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap, he finished a well-beaten runner-up to the Dude, but tonight was able to put a much bigger scare into the heavy favorite. Making a sharp move on the final turn, Clubhouse Ride could not run down Game On Dude for the third straight time, but ran a big race to hold off a strong late run by the second choice, Ron the Greek, for the place by a nose.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude is owned Bernie Schiappa, Mercedes Stable, the Lanni Family Trust, and Joe Torre. A six-year-old gelding by Awesome Again, Game On Dude has won 13 of 25 lifetime starts and now stands less than $300,000 away from the magical $5 million dollars in career earnings. Tonight in West Virginia, it was a case of the rich getting richer. The Dude abides.


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on a bull ring, the straightaways (check out Fairplex for example) are so short, even the presser types have a very hard time catching the controlling speed. At Hastings wire to wire horse win in the Summer with such repetitiveness it is crazy, just for that reason.
OTG, I like Ghost Zapper as much as the next guy but if he was subjected to the frequency of GOD's races I think his outcome would have been much different. Anyways GOD has surpassed GZ's winnings by over a million dollars maybe to you that's pocket change but to me it's sheet load more and something tells me he's not finished yet. It all depends on how you look at it...
"like" on your guy's comments.
Amino and LAZ- DEAD ON.
Agree>>Speaks volumes about the credibility of Beyer's numbers.
Apparently Game on Dude’s Charles Town Classic time has been adjusted down from 1.52.27 to 1.49.93 because of a timer malfunction. His Beyer of 106 for the 1.52.27 time will not be adjusted though. If it was, it might rival some of Ghostzapper’s best mid-twenty Beyers. I agree with Gallops. Ghostzapper will go down as one of the top horses in any decade. I wouldn’t say the same thing for Game On Dude.
C'mon Likin Sparks- Better then Ghostzapper?. No chance. His bankroll is not even that much more then Zapper who had 13 less starts then the Dude. No comparison IMO. cheers.
He's daddy's best son!
***game on dudde... best... salir delante es una gran ventaja en la arena.. infalible. "te digo una cosa si cojo a "clubhouse ride" lo bato en la triple corona.. "se admiten apuesta".. toni arias von hohenzollern...
The dude abides. Very nice HHH. Hey! There's a beverage here!!!
Liked that very much, HHH !
The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners. Shoosh. I sure hope he makes the finals.
Now he can go home to Cal,i take the Californian and be only the 3rd repeat winner in almost 80 yrs and likely the LAST winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup.
I remember the first time I saw him race and I sent a text to my brother as I knew he was watching. that text just said "Watch Game on Dude in the back. He didn't disappoint then and he steps up and gives his best still.I was standing in front of the rail at the 2011 BC when he and his lady almost made history..I really felt for her and for the Dude...it was one I'll not soon forget!
  • jmcleav · Lanie, I was right on the rail most of the day, with the horse racing nation gang, must have met you! Great two days of racing!! · 1644 days ago
Charles Town Clash of the Titans April 20, 2013 5:29 PM In recent years the Charles Town Classic has become one of the most anticipated races of the year for the Older Male Division. lol.
It's just a shame, that he wins out of California, in a $1.5M race, and only faces five opponents. Guess that's why it's a Grade II running at 9:30 at night?
Dude proved something at CT, that he could win outside of Southern Cal.
congrats to the dude and his connections.without trying to be to critical of a jock.when is the light bulb going to go off in these connections heads that jose lezcano is not a big time rider.he was thrown off royal delta and she took off.he was thrown off winter memories and she took off.he was tossed from normandy invasion and he was a different horse in the wood.last night,he lost by a length.to sit back about 10 to 12 lengths on that bull ring.then decide to inch up during the backstretch.on the turn he was in gear.was clueless in the lane to go outside or inside.he is a good rider,but he is becomming similar to bejerano.when the money is down,unless they tower over the field.they never seem to give their horses the big chance to win.not saying would of won or he is better than the dude.but for the final sixteenth was navigating for a spot instead of striding out
"He dun good, didnt he, Fred?" -Snowman, from Smokey & The Bandit. AND RtG hit the board, too! :)

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