Two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, prepping for a likely run in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in 48.40, breezing, under jockey Martin Garcia.
It was one of 148 recorded works Saturday, including 24 on turf and one on the training track. “Game On Dude is as professional as a race horse can be,” said Tom Mitchell, a member of Santa Anita’s crack clocking crew.
Next up? “It’s either the Charles Town race or the Oaklawn Handicap,” Baffert said, the latter reference to the race in Arkansas on April 13.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection, ticketed for the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes on April 13, worked five furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:00.60 for trainer Mike Puype.
Suggestive Boy, winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, went the same distance on grass in 1:02.40 for Ron McAnally.
Strub Stakes winner Guilt Trip went five furlongs in company with 2012 Southwest Stakes (division) winner Castaway for Baffert. Each was timed in 59.80. Garcia rode Guilt Trip, while Erick Lopez was aboard Castaway.