Imperative pounced on a softened-up Game On Dude rounding the final turn and proved best in the drive to land a $1 million payday at odds of 26-1 in the Charles Town Classic April 19 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
If Will Take Charge hadn't secured an Eclipse Award as the nation's top 3-year-old already, his determined head victory over multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap Nov. 29 certainly wrapped it up.
Overcoming concerns about the Del Mar Polytrack, Game On Dude demolished the field by a record 8 1/4 lengths in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic in the most dominant performance of his career Aug. 25.
A six-time Grade 1 winner whose problems with the Polytrack at Del Mar have been well-chronicled, Game On Dude is on the verge of a breakthrough in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 25, trainer Bob Baffert believes.
Game On Dude erased any doubts about his ability to get 1 1/4 miles and proved once more that he's the king of Santa Anita Park with a breathtaking front-running score in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap March 2.
Game On Dude and Ron the Greek, horses with contrasting styles but both possessing a victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, are the clear standouts in the marquee event for handicap horses March 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Though he came up half a length shy in the Pacific Classic last time out, Game On Dude should be back in his comfort zone as he goes for a repeat in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park.
Showing he's happy to be back in the Golden State, Game On Dude romped to victory in the aptly named Californian Stakes June 2 in his first start since a nearly tragic trip to the Dubai two months ago.