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Game On Dude Wins US Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap
At Santa Anita Park in the US, 7YO gelding Game On Dude (Awesome Again-Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer Bob Baffert in the US$750,000 Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap (10 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song-Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) & 5YO gelding Blingo (Artie Schiller-Wassifa, by Sure Blade). Game On Dude created history by becoming the first horse to win three Big 'Caps, taking his record to 16 wins (including the Gr1 Pacific Classic, Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap - twice, Gr1 Goodwood Stakes, Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup - twice, & Gr1 Awesome Again Stakes) & 7 placings (including the Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup, Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic & Gr1 Pacific Classic) from 31 lifetime starts for US$6,163,893 earnings. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert summed up his feelings when saying, "I was in awe. I just sat there and listened to the crowd cheering and watching 'The Dude' do his thing. He was smoking." Baffert added, "When he gets in that groove, nobody can beat him."