Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude Fave
Game On Dude was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita. The Classic drew a strong field of 12 that will go 1 ¼ miles in the marquee event of racing’s two-day championship.
The Bob Baffert trainee comes in this year’s Classic having won all five starts in 2013, his last win coming over polytrack in the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. [ Get Breeders Cup odds and bonuses and rebates - check out Bovada before Friday's kickoff of this huge horse racing event ]
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The gelding will be trying the Classic for the third time in his career. He ran second in the 2011 running behind Drosselmeyer and last year was the beaten favorite in a seventh place finish, 15 lengths behind winner Fort Larned.
Fort Larned (6-1) is looking to become just the second horse to win back-to-back Classics. Tiznow won in 2000 at Churchill Downs and again in 2001 at Belmont Park.
A victory would lock up Horse of the Year honors for Game On Dude, but he faces a strong field.
Last year’s runner up in the Classic was Mucho Macho Man, who is the second choice on the morning line at 5-1. The five-year-old is coming into the race razor sharp off a win in the Awesome Again (G1) over the Santa Anita Park main track.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who won the 1995 Classic with Cigar and the 2011 edition with Drosselmeyer will saddle Ron the Greek (8-1) who is coming off an impressive victory in the Jockey Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park.
Four of the last six Classic winners used the Jockey Club Gold Cup as their final prep.
The three-year-old class will be well represented this year. There have been nine three-year-olds that have beaten their elders in the Classic, the last being Raven’s Pass ($29.00) at Santa Anita in 2008.
Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Palace Malice and Travers (G1) winner Will Take Charge (12-1) both figure to be in the mix. Travers runner up Moreno (15-1) and Awesome Again runner up Paynter (12-1) are also in the three-year-old division.
There are two overseas invaders in this year’s Classic. Aidan O’Brien sends over Declaration of War (10-1), who won the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) in his last outing.
Planteur (20-1) figures to be a longshot after getting beaten 35 ¼ lengths in the Qatar Prix Dollar (G2) over soft turf at Longchamp in his last start. The six-year-old has been competitive versus top class company, checking in third in the last two runnings of the Dubai World Cup (G1).
Completing the field is Iselin (G3) winner Last Gunfighter (20-1) and Flat Out (12-1) who was third in last year’s Classic.
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