Game On Dude starts season
Considered one of the top older horses in the world, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude heads a field of seven in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes in his 2014 debut Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.To be run at 1 ⅛ miles, the San Antonio is race 5 at 2:30 p.m. PST on a Saturday program that also includes two other stakes: the 1 1/16-mile Robert B. Lewis for 3-year-olds, and the San Marco at 1 ¼ miles on turf for older horses. Trained by Bob Baffert, 7-year-old Game On Dude's primary rival will be Jerry Hollendorfer's frontrunning Blueskiesnrainbows, who comes off a pair of impressive graded stakes scores. Both are assigned 123 pounds. A well-beaten ninth as the 8-5 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, Game On Dude got a measure of redemption in running a gut-wrenching second to eventual 3-year-old Eclipse Award champion Will Take Charge in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 29.
Game On Dude has seven wins and two seconds from 10 tries at 1 ⅛ miles.
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