Just like Ron the Greek out in New York, Game On Dude drew the rail in a key Breeders' Cup Classic prep race, the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes (formerly the Goodwood Stakes) at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, September 29th. Rafael Bejarano will ride Game On Dude in the Awesome Again, taking over the jockey Chantal Sutherland after she rode him during his last nine races and ten races overall. Bejarano rode Game On Dude in January of 2011, guiding him to a win in an optional claiming/allowance race at Santa Anita.
The Awesome Again Stakes is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're" In race.
Game On Dude enters the Awesome Again off of a second place finish to Dullahan in the G1-Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 26th. The Bob Baffert trainee has raced five times in 2012, winning three (G1-Hollywood Gold Cup, G2-Californian and G2-San Antonio) along with a sub-par effort in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup in late March. Game On Dude is a perfect four-for-four over the Santa Anita main track and is 5-3-1-0 at the mile and a eighth distance.
Joining Game On Dude in the Awesome Again are:
- Winning Machine: An Emerald Downs shipper coming off a head defeat in the G3-Longacres Miles in his last start. Winning Machine has raced 31 times in his career, with 29 of those races coming at Emerald Downs with two at Hastings Park in Vancouver, Canada.
- Nonios: My pick in the Travers who flopped to a 5th place finish. Tough to judge this one when you consider how poor the Travers looks in retrospect.
- Groovin' Solo: Tenth in his most recent race, the G2-San Felipe way back in March.
- Suggestive Boy (ARG): Won on dirt in his native Argentina but has been running on turf and synthetics since shipping to North America. He's a bit of a wild card.
- Empire Way: Has never won a graded stakes race and finished 6th in the G2-Swaps back on the Fourth of July.
- Richard's Kid: He's been better on synthetics than dirt throughout his career; tough spot.
- Balladry: Has never won a graded stakes race and was 3rd to Ricahrd's Kid in the G3-Cougar II at Del Mar this summer. He's only won once on dirt.
- Rail Trip: From Ellis to Dutrow to Ellis, again. Another horse that has been clearly better on synthetics than dirt.
Below are the entries and post positions for the graded stakes races at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Morning line odds will be updated later. The morning line odds are now posted.
|G1-Chandelier; Post time: 3:36 Pacific, TV: HRTV|
|1||Majestic Minister||A. Gryder||M. Puype||20/1|
|2||Ranee's Queen||M. Garcia||E. Guillot||15/1|
|3||Switch to the Lead||V. Espinoza||P. Biancone||12/1|
|4||Wittgenstein (IRE)||M. Gutierrez||D. O'Neill||30/1|
|5||Beholder||G. Gomez||R. Mandella||3/1|
|6||Butterfly Soul||J. Carreno||G. Vallejo||20/1|
|7||Executiveprivilege||R. Bejarano||B. Baffert||6/5|
|8||Scarlet Strike||J. Talamo||J. Hollendorfer||8/1|
|9||Salamera||A. Castillo||R. Garcia||5/1|
|10||Contessa's Moment||I. Puglisi||P. Aguirre||30/1|
|11||Miss Empire||M. Pedroza||P. Miller||12/1|
|G1-FrontRunner; Post time: 4:07pm Pacific, TV: HRTV|
|1||Carving||M. Garcia||B. Baffert||6/1|
|2||Gabriel Charles||J. Talamo||J. Mullins||6/1|
|3||Dirty Swagg||D. Flores||M. Cho||12/1|
|4||The Whole Deal||E. Maldanado||S. Knapp||50/1|
|5||Dry Summer||R. Napravnik||J. Mullins||5/1|
|6||Imperative||A. Gryder||E. Harty||20/1|
|7||Know More||G. Gomez||D. O'Neill||3/1|
|8||Capo Bastone||V. Espinoza||J. Sadler||7/2|
|9||Den's Legacy||A. Quinonez||B. Baffert||12/1|
|10||Power Broker||R. Bejarano||B. Baffert||4/1|
|11||Wild Student||I. Puglisi||P. Aguire||50/1|
|G1-Zenyatta Stakes; Post time: 4:38pm Pacific, TV: HRTV|
|1||Amani (CHI)||R. Bejarano||N. Drysdale||3/1|
|2||Love Theway You are||D. Flores||M. Cho||12/1|
|3||Switch||G. Gomez||J. Sadler||7/2|
|4||Joyful Victory||R. Napravnik||J. Jones||12/1|
|5||Star Billing||V. Espinoza||J. Sherriffs||6/1|
|6||Include Me Out||J. Talamo||R. Ellis||5/2|
|7||Love and Pride||M. Garcia||T. Pletcher||4/1|
|8||Via Villaggio||M. Pedroza||J. Hollendorfer||20/1|
|9||Miss Mittagong||M. Gutierrez||B. Cecil||20/1|
|G1-Rodeo Drive; Post time: 5:08pm Pacific, TV: HRTV|
|1||Go Forth North||D. Flores||A. Avila||12/1|
|2||Let's Go Cheyenne||R. Bejarano||V. Cerin||4/1|
|3||Stormy Lucy||M. Pedroza||F. Lucarelli||12/1|
|4||Left a Message||B. Blanc||T. Proctor||20/1|
|5||My Gi Gi||V. Espinoza||P. Eurton||8/1|
|6||Cambina (IRE)||M. Garcia||J. Bonde||8/1|
|7||Camelia Rose (FR)||M. Gutierrez||S. Callaghan||15/1|
|8||Thisismystage||E. Maldanado||C. Dollase||20/1|
|9||Vivo Per Lei||A. Quinonez||T. Proctor||15/1|
|10||I Dazzle||P. Valenzuela||J. Van Berg||50/1|
|11||Marketing Mix||G. Gomez||T. Proctor||5/2|
|12||City to City||J. Talamo||J. Hollendorfer||5/1|
|13||Nereid||R. Napravnik||J. Shirreffs||10/1|