By Blood-Horse Staff
Game On Dude, a two-time grade I winner this year for owners Bernie Schiappa, Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride, Mercedes Stable, and the Lanni Family Trust, worked seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:25 in his final move before the Classic.
Baffert said after the work that Game On Dude, who came onto the track at about 9 a.m. PDT after the second renovation break, worked "the way he has been working all summer long. It looks like he's ready."
Game On Dude has won twice at the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, including the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The 5-year-old Awesome Again gelding prefers to be on the lead or not far from it.
"He's going to be on the lead," Baffert said. "I am not going to change his running style. I think having (Rafael) Bejarano on him helps. He suits him. He can settle him a little bit during the race.
"So far, so good. Everything went pretty smooth today. All my horses worked pretty well today. They look like they're moving forward, not backwards. And that's what you want."
Of the other Baffert horses, Coil, Capital Account, and Fast Bullet, all aiming for the XpressBet Sprint (gr. I) worked :48 1/5, :48 3/5, and :48 1/5, respectively, for four furlongs. Juvenile (gr. I) bound Power Broker worked five furlongs in :59, fastest at the distance, while Contested, headed for the Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, also fastest at the distance.