Game On Dude won for the first time since claiming the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August.
Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Game On Dude was his old self again Saturday as the gelding captured his second consecutive and third overall $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap over Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge.
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man was the 6-5 favorite in the eight-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile race. Will Take Charge, second in last year's Classic, was the 3-2 second pick and Game On Dude went off as the 7-2 third choice.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Game On Dude quickly took the lead out of the gate as the field went under the wire for the first time.
Coming along to pressure the defending winner was 20-1 longshot Hear the Ghost. Mucho Macho Man was third with Will Take Charge fourth as the field went up the backstretch.