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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ARCADIA---Game On Dude was made the early
8-5 favorite in an impressive field of 12 for the
US$5 million Breeders Cup Classic, a race he has
failed to win in two previous starts for trainer
Bob Baffert. For the second straight year, the geld-
ing will be running on his home track.
Game On Dude s only loss in nine races at Santa
Anita came in last year s 1¼-mile Classic, where
he finished seventh behind winner Fort Larned.
"I m just hoping he runs like an 8-5 shot," Baffert
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
Baffert sent Game On Dude out for his final
"He s not the same horse that ran here last year,
thank God," he said. "He s bigger, he s filled out
and he s a happy horse. I ve spaced his races out
and that s allowed me to keep his weight on."
Fort Larned, who won last year s Classic by three-
quarters of a length over Mucho Macho Man, is
back to defend his title. Mucho Macho Man returns,
too, with Gary Stevens in the saddle.
Game On Dude drew the No 9 post.
Baffert also will saddle Paynter, who will start
from the No 2 post at 12-1 odds.
Fort Larned drew the No 7 post and was listed
at 6-1 odds. Mucho Macho Man will break from
the No 6 post at 5-1 odds.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has Will
Take Charge in the Classic. The Travers winner
drew the No 10 post and was listed at 12-1 odds.
Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice is 10-1 and
drew the No 8 post.
The Irish father-son duo of trainer Aidan O Brien
and jockey Joseph O Brien team up with 10-1 shot
Declaration of War in the Classic.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan drew post
position eight in a field of 10 and was made the
even-money favorite for the US$2 million Mile,
where the six-year-old gelding will try to improve
to 6-0 on the turf this year.
Wise Dan will be ridden by John Velazquez, who
was aboard for the gelding s only loss in his last
nine starts earlier this month at Keeneland, where
the race was moved from the turf to the synthetic
Wise Dan will face nine rivals in the 30th Breeders
Cleburne and Havana --- both 2-0 --- will put
their undefeated records on the line in the $2 million
Juvenile, which drew a full field of 14. Velazquez
will ride Havana, the 5-2 morning-line favorite;
Cleburne was listed at 12-1.
Stevens, who launched a successful comeback
earlier this year at 50, has nine mounts over the
two days of racing.
Trainer Todd Pletcher won t have Graydar, who
had been pre-entered in both the Classic and the
Dirt Mile. The Kelso winner has a quarter crack in
his left front hoof.
"We re disappointed," Pletcher said. "Graydar
had been training extremely well and I thought we
got the perfect comeback effort from him in the
The two-day, US$27 million championships open
Friday with five races, including the Distaff, which
has reverted to its original name after being called
the Ladies Classic since 2008.
Two-time defending champion Royal Delta was
made the early 8-5 favorite among a heavyweight
field that includes 9-5 second choice Princess of
Sylmar, who has won six stakes this year, and last
year s BC Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder, third
choice at 5-2.
Tom Frankel Queally, has decided not
to continue as stable jockey for Lady Jane
Cecil at Warren Place and will ride as a
freelance next year.
Queally, who rode unbeaten Frankel to
all 14 of his victories, is keen to pursue new
challenges after a successful spell which
indeed included 14 Group Ones for the late
Sir Henry Cecil who died in June.
This decision represents the latest change
at Warren Place after Cecil s widow, Lady
Jane, confirmed she would be taking over
the licence on a full-time basis.
Incidentally during August, Khalid Abdul-
lah, principal owner at the yard, appointed
James Doyle as his retained rider; that was
Queally told the Racing Post: "The deci-
sion to go freelance is one that I have thought
a great deal about and one that I have not
taken lightly but I feel this is the right time
to pursue new challenges."
Given the numbers likely to be housed
at the famous Newmarket racing establish-
ment it s a surprise; does Queally really feel
happy about freelancing and where does
that leave Lady Jane?
There s probably more to this than meets
the eye because only a few weeks ago assis-
tant trainer Mike Marshall left for a job with
Ismail Mohammed only to re-route and join
Michael Bell; leaving Warren Place was
There wont be any Cecil runners at Not-
tingham today when Lambourn trainer Jamie
Osborne will be hoping for long-overdue
success with disappointing Nice Arty in the
opening Selling Stakes; heavy is the ground
Nice Arty, like so many two-year-olds,
hasn t lived up to expectations and an igno-
minious tailed off fifth at Wolverhampton
last month was probably the final straw;
someone could be getting a bargain!
Opposition is extremely moderate, you
are betting on Nice Arty running something
like his best form; mount of Doyle.
Wolverhampton has been heavily criticised
these past few weeks; the polytrack was
treated in readiness for the AWR season and
kick-back has been a real problem, some
form has been totally incomprehensible!
The obligatory today twilight fixture
affords Desert Skies/Dark Amber chances
in divisions of the Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs and an each-way double is advised.
Take Care in the Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of heavy Ayr; third time
lucky for Jim Goldie s charge?
The portents for success are excellent,
Thorntoun Care has raced twice over a mile
at this popular Scottish course, last time
finishing strongly behind our nap, El Beau,
beaten three lengths.
Graham Lee was aboard and, apparently,
he was buoyed by the effort; whether or
not he suggested a drop back in trip is irrel-
evant, this will seem like a mile and a half
on a track that rides tough during winter
months. Stamina will be key and, of course,
shouldn t be a problem.
Thorntoun Care improved considerably
and David Barron-trained Boy In The Bar
can be expected to come on from his debut
last month but needs to; others are suffi-
ciently exposed and have been rated accord-
Realistically this represents an outstanding
opportunity for Thorntoun Care, not one
to oppose unless you know something that
no one else knows!
Rest of this eight-race card has been con-
signed to my too difficult tray, seven hand-
icaps on ground none has encountered;
guessing is costly!
Ayr: 12.50 pm - Thorntoun Care
Nottingham: 1 pm - Nice Arty (e.w);
Kempton: 5.40 pm - Desert Skies
6.10 pm - Dark Amber (e.w).
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 6 5 17
02OLDLADY 12 7 4 23
03 CARRIAGE 10 2 5 17
04DEADMAN 4 8 6 18
05 PARSONMAN 6 3 6 15
15 SICKWOMAN 4 10 7 21
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 5 19
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 6 12 8 26
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 5 12 26
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 8 6 5 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to October 29
20 (Dog 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
21 (Mouth) 10.30am
23 (House) 1 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
Game On Dude
made early favourite
for Breeders' Cup
Bachelor for a
horse races at
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