Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Game on Dude Favorite in Breeders' Cup ; Gelding's Only Loss in Last Year's Cup Classic

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Game on Dude Favorite in Breeders' Cup ; Gelding's Only Loss in Last Year's Cup Classic

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Game On Dude was made the early 8-5 favorite in an impressive field of 12 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race he has failed to win in two previous tries for trainer Bob Baffert. For the second straight year, the gelding will be running on his home track, where he is 8-1. Game On Dude's only loss at Santa Anita came in last year's 1 -mile Classic, where he finished seventh behind winner Fort Larned.

"I'm just hoping he runs like an 8-5 shot," Baffert said Monday.

Baffert is winless in the Classic, but he has trained Game On Dude to a 5-0 record this year heading into Saturday's race. Joe Torre, the former Dodgers and Yankees manager, co-owns the gelding, which will be ridden by Mike Smith. The 48-year-old Hall of Fame jockey has mounts in 13 of 14 Breeders' Cup races. …

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