INGLEWOOD, Calif. (March 28, 2012)—Game On Dude, who finished second to stablemate First Dude in the 2011 Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park, drew the outside post in a field of 14 for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Saturday at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.
A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles, the World Cup is the last of nine races on a card with purses totaling $27.2 million. Advance betting will be offered Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park along with early bird wagering Saturday – beginning at 8:30 a.m.- in the Hollywood Park Casino. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by a partnership that includes Joe Torre’s Diamond Price, the Lanni Family Trust and Bernie Schiappa, Game On Dude has won six of 15 and earned $2,254,658.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again and the Devil His Due mare Worldly Pleasure, Game On Dude is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and will be ridden by Chantal Sutherland. Baffert is expected to be at Meydan Saturday less than a week after suffering a heart attack. Sutherland will be the first female to ride in the World Cup.
The field also includes Royal Delta, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2011. If successful Saturday, she would become the first female horse to win a race that has been run since 1996.
Scheduled post time for the World Cup is 10:40 a.m. PST.
From inside out, the field for the Dubai World Cup: Master of Hounds, Christophe Soumillon rides, 126 pounds; Eishin Flash, Christophe Lemaire, 126; Zazou, Olivier Peslier, 126; So You Think, Joseph O’Brien, 126; Smart Falcon, Yutaka Take, 126; Planteur, Ryan Moore, 126; Royal Delta, Jose Lezcano, 121; Monterosso, Mickael Barzalona, 126; Silver Pond, Johnny Murtagh, 126; Transcend, Shinji Fujita, 126; Capponi, Ahmed Ajtebi, 126; Prince Bishop, Frankie Dettori, 126; Mendip, Silvestre de Sousa, 126 and Game On Dude, Chantal Sutherland, 126.
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