Race of the Week 2017

Smith Says Game On Dude Can Rebound

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Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Generally speaking, “pace makes the race” is a dependable axiom in horse racing. It works in reverse, as well, as exemplified in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 8, when Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows hooked up in an exhausting and encumbering speed duel, eventually winding up fifth and sixth as the favorite and second choice.

Game On Dude, who has a penchant for speed, is out to make amends on March 8 when he runs in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Miguel Indian Bingo & Casino.

At least that’s the hope of Mike Smith, regular rider of the 7-year-old multimillionaire gelding, although all the specifics for the Grade I, $750,000 Big ‘Cap are still to unfold.

“A lot of times, I guess it’s true, but sometimes it’s not,” said Smith when asked about the “pace makes the race” principle. “In this case (the San Antonio), he went a little quick early and it was his first race back (since finishing second by a head to Will Take Charge in the Clark Handicap on Nov. 29), so he’s certainly got room to improve.

“If it will be enough, we’ll see. I don’t know until he runs. I know that when he runs his ‘A-plus’ race, I’ll match him with anybody. As for the Big ‘Cap, we’ll just have to wait and see who goes in, where we draw, how we break, and then I’ll be able to tell you something.

“On the whole, he’s usually pretty good out of the gate. In the San Antonio, he was just a step slow leaving there, but I look for him to come back and bounce out of there good and see where it puts him.”



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What is this political ploy, up the odds, people are on to the stiff monkey, silliness. "Got room to improve" Imagine him saying that about last Spring's Game On Dude. Shoot, he may even win on Got (un) Lucky today. Bounce back? Bounce you offa him.
Blueskies is not one of Baffert's horses. And he is a different, better, horse under Pedroza(this jockey DOES make a difference on this particular horse). But, as Sullivan pointed out, it has been reported that Blueskies will most likely not run in the Santa Anita Handicap. Wit the Dude, you can't go out too fast to try to beat him that way, or else you risk burning out with him, if there's a speed duel, so I wouldn't give much of a chance to others besides MMM and WTC, but I do like Fury to give it a try.
like goblin
Silly boys! ;) I like the rhymes, but I think dani's probably right.
The rhyme is neat, but I wonder about GOD's feet.
Blueskies is out, Moreno is in. Either way, GOD wins. Like the rhyme?
Really don't think he will rebound. What will Baffert do? Not run Blueskiesandrainbows? Make that one take back and ruin his chances? Owners won't be happy about that. You'll have those two dueling again, if Dude takes back in second he'll have to outrun MMM to the lead by the head of the turn, which won't happen, and if he doesn't have a clear lead turning for home he will fold again, like he always does when he can't have the lead at that point. WTC will probably show some more speed, to sit right off the first flight, then come with his kick. Dude does not get the set up here and he is in over his head with these two.
The horse is unrateable so when he hooks up with the big boys just not good enough

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