INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 14, 2013) — Game On Dude, who became only the third horse to win the Hollywood Gold Cup more than once, was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the final Spring/Summer season at Betfair Hollywood Park concluded Sunday.
Owned by Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family, Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernie Schiappa and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Game On Dude joined Native Diver and Lava Man – both of whom won the track’s signature race three times – as a multiple Gold Cup winner with his one-length score over Kettle Corn July 6.
A winner of four of five starts over Cushion Track, Game On Dude, who defeated stablemate Richard’s Kid in last year’s Gold Cup, was a unanimous choice as older male.
Other winners were Obviously, who won the Grade II American Handicap May 25 and his first Grade I in the Shoemaker Mile June 29, as turf horse, Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Alpine Luck as 2-year-old and 2-year-old male, Landaluce heroine She’s a Tiger (2-year-old filly), Swaps winner Chief Havoc (3-year-old), Emollient, who won the Grade I American Oaks July 13 in her turf debut (3-year-old filly) and Centralinteligence, the upset winner of the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap June 29, (sprinter).
Marketing Mix, who defeated Tiz Flirtatious in a thrilling Grade I Gamely Stakes May 27 and became only the third female to win the Grade III Sunset on closing day, won double honors. The 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare was chosen female turf horse and older female.
In a close vote, Et Tu Walker, who won three times at six furlongs over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course, was selected claiming horse. The 4-year-old son of Shakespeare won April 25, May 17 and June 1 for a partnership that included Jeff Ho, Gary Margolis and trainer Doug O’Neill.
On the human side, trainer honors went to John Sadler, who won his fourth title at Betfair Hollywood Park and second at a S/S meet.
Sadler finished with 29 victories, five more than runner-up Mike Puype, who tied a 58-year-old record by winning six consecutive races in a span of three days (June 20-22). The streak matched the mark set by Allen Drumheller, Sr. (July 4-5, 1955).
Jockey honors went to Joe Talamo, whose 50 wins left him one behind co-leaders Rafael Bejarano and Edwin Maldonado in the rider standings, but he did have a meet-high 10 stakes victories.
Irving Orozco, who won a dozen races was chosen apprentice.
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