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Game on Dude Assigned Top Weight for Gold Cup

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Game On Dude, an easy winner of the Californian (G2) June 2, was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup will be run for the 73rd time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The track’s signature race is part of a stakes doubleheader, along with the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile, a Grade 2 for fillies and mares on turf. Entries for the Gold Cup and Royal Heroine will be taken Wednesday.

The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ race, meaning the Breeders’ Cup nominated winner will earn a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Additionally, pre-entry and entry fees will be waived and the winning owner awarded a $10,000 travel allowance.

Owned by  partnership that includes Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernie Schiappa and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Game On Dude will be trying to make up for a nose loss to stablemate First Dude in the 2011 Gold Cup.

Other probable participants and their weight assignments include the Baffert-trained, two-time Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid (120), Kettle Corn and Uh Oh Bango (117), Anthony’s Cross (115), Spud Spivens (114) and recent Vanity upsetter Love Theway Youare  (112).

Should Love Theway Youare, a 4-year-old daughter of Arch owned by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, run Saturday she would be the first female to compete in the Gold Cup since Life Is Sweet, who finished third  in 2009.

The last filly or mare to win the race was Princessnesian for owner William Haggin Perry and trainer James Maloney in 1968.

–Hollywood Park Publicity press release

Game on Dude/Benoit photo

  • Iseer

    looking forward to da inevitable meeting between da dude and da greek somewhere between now and da breeders cup…….fun season is ahead also looking forward to algorithms later on……da best is yet to come…..will be a memorable year 2012……btw is still possible to have a 2012 triplecrowner in england……last i heard camelot was pointing toward da st leger……..now that would be great for tradition.