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Game On Dude Earns Big Fig in Big 'Cap

September 29, 2012.Game On Dude and Rafael Bejarano win the Awesome Again Stakes(GI) at Santa Anita Park.

Game On Dude, whose 7 3/4-length win in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap broke the record for the biggest margin of victory in Big ’Cap history, was assigned a preliminary 116 Beyer Speed Figure. The 116 matched Game On Dude’s Beyer for his 6 1/2-length triumph in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 3.

Jon White, who makes Santa Anita’s morning line and provides pre-race commentary from the paddock for the track’s simulcast network, notes that Game On Dude’s 116 Big ’Cap Beyer Speed Figure is the highest in the race since 2003.

“Milwaukee Brew also recorded a 116 Beyer when he won his second Big ’Cap in 2003,” White pointed out.

The Beyer Speed Figures for the past 10 Big ’Cap winners: 113 Southern Image in 2004; 107 Rock Hard Ten in 2005; 113 Lava Man in 2006; 109 Lava Man in 2007; 110 Heatseeker in 2008; 103 Einstein in 2009; 104 Misremembered in 2010; 100 Game On Dude in 2011; 105 Ron the Greek in 2012; and 116 Game On Dude in 2013.

“The first published Beyer Speed Figure for the Santa Anita Handicap was in 1990,” White said. “Ruhlmann earned a 118 Beyer when he won the Big ’Cap that year. The biggest Big ’Cap Beyer since the figures were first published in 1990 was 123 by Best Pal in 1992.”



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Jones was off, a year, from an odd afflication of aluminum poisoning from too much antiperspirant......That is more common than you think.
@tv: He did win the Peter Pan Stakes @ Belmont, before going on hiatus for eight months. Larry Jones has been very methodical in bringing him back carefully. Like a detailed surgeon.
GOD has never fought for the win? What? Need I remind you about the 2011 Big Cap?
baby race at Delaware doesn't count
Has Mark Valeski won outside of Louisianna? Until he does, he is a one track wonder.
@stevestylesclark: Though a lot are calling him the best handicap horse in America, one name yet to reach many radars(other than zatt) is Mark Valeski. He is aiming to place his name on that national ledger list!!!!
second that, SSC. For now on, everytime I see a weak field with a Baffert fav, I'm just gonna bet the farm. No, seriously though, it has become quite ridiculous how Baffert seems to always have races paved for his barn. On that note, I'd like to wish Baffert and the race secretary a very Happy belated Valentines Day.
I love everyone is calling him the best handicap horse in America, when Fort Larned has yet to run in 2013. GOD better hope Fort Larned doesn't make it to the classic this year, because Fort larned proved he can run much faster early speed figures and fight for the win, which GOD has never done!
baffert always finds a way to get the highest beyers might be the best at picking easy spots for his runners
Not surprised by this ridiculous high speed figure. You can always count on Andy B to give frontrunners on speed bias tracks a high number. If Bode had wired last year's Derby, he probably would have given him at least a 125 rating.
After watching that race, the whole way I was thinking..." Is anyone gonna run with him??" He had it all to himself with no pressure...A horse with his class won't pack it in under that scenario. I agree with what TV said.
A horse that is NEVER challenged is always a question mark down the line....Many of these types fold up of challenged longer than a few furlongs or, as we saw, miss the break to any degree. IF this one's obvious maturity will allow him to be able to handle the DISTANCE, he will have to be fortunate enough to go up against a field that is not going to be too hard on him early....If he could get 6 furlongs alone, he has a good chance here on out.
Can dude transfer the energy and great run he had saturday come november in the classic? He will most assuredly add at least a few million more to his total earnings if he stays healthy. Good to see a horse stay around for several years and continue to compete. He just might be the top horse in the older/handicap division this season.

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