Horse Racing

August 6, 2014

Wednesday work for Game On Dude

Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude put in a workout Wednesday morning at Del Mar in preparation for his defense of the Pacific Classic on Aug. 24.

Del Mar, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude put in a workout Wednesday morning at Del Mar in preparation for his defense of the Pacific Classic on Aug. 24.

Game On Dude, partly owned by Joe Torre and trained by Bob Baffert, worked seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5 with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith riding.

In his last start, the 7-year-old gelding was fourth to Majestic Harbor in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 28. He finished second to Imperative on April 19 in the Charles Town Classic. Game On Dude won his second consecutive and third overall Santa Anita Handicap on March 8.

Game On Dude began 2014 with a fifth-place finish in the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 8. The San Antonio was his first race of the year following consecutive defeats to end 2013 in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Clark Handicap.

The gelding has earned $6,438,893 with 16 wins in 33 starts.

Also working for the Pacific Classic was Frac Daddy, trained by Ken McPeek. The 4-year-old gray colt, owned by Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, went four furlongs in 49 1/5 seconds.

"Just an easy half-mile to see how he is," said Blake Heap, assistant to McPeek. "Probably the next two will be more serious works and they'll be very important."

Frac Daddy is coming off a fourth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the $200,000, 1 1/16-mile San Diego Handicap on July 26 at Del Mar. This year the colt was second at Sam Houston in the Maxxam Gold Cup but followed by winning the Ben Ali at Keeneland on April 19.

Moving to the turf, Frac Daddy was fourth in Belmont Park's Man o' War. At Woodbine he won the Eclipse Stakes followed by a second in the Dominion Day Stakes.

In 18 career starts, Frac Daddy has five wins and six seconds for $700,000.

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