Game On Dude, the 6/5 favorite at post time, took command right from the moment the gates opened en route to an unexpectedly easy and dominating victory in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Kettle Corn, You Know I Know and Richard's Kid rounded out the top four but Game On Dude essentially ran this race all on his own; none of his rivals offered up even a token challenge over the final half mile. In fact, the rest of the field finished in a tight pack with little to no separation among the thoroughly beaten challengers.
The Pacific Classic began a bit awkwardly as Delegation, breaking from post 10, ran straight from the gate down the middle of the track for almost a quarter of a mile. His wide trip, or center of the track trip, kept Blueskiesandrainbows pinned to the outside until jockey Martin Pedroza said, "the hell with it", and ducked inside of Delegation and quickly moved towards the rail. While Delegation was playing games with Blueskiesandrainbows, Game On Dude sauntered to the lead with little resistance from his rivals and was soon in a perfect rhythm at the front of the pack.
The move by Delegation was important because Blueskiesandrainbows only had one way to win the Pacific Classic: go to the lead (and his chances were "slim to none" even if he got the lead. Once that tactic was thrown out the window (or into the grandstands), there was very little in the way of any challenge to Game On Dude's lone speed.
The victory by Game On Dude is his sixth straight since his hugely disappointing seventh place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November.
Game On Dude is a six-year-old gelding by Awesome Again out of a Devil His Due mare (Wordly Pleasure), trained by the White Knight, Bob Baffert, and ridden by Martin Garcia. His 9 1/2 length victory in this year's Pacific Classic is the largest margin of victory in the history of the race.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Pacific Classic:
|11-Game On Dude||$5.40||$3.80||$3.20|
|5-You Know I Know||$9.00|
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