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Game On Dude Wins US Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup
In the US, 5YO gelding Game On Dude (Awesome Again-Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the US$500,000 Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup (10 furlongs on all-weather) at Hollywood Park in California, to improve on his runner-up effort in this same race last year. Game On Dude (ridden by Chantal Sutherland for trainer Bob Baffert) defeated 7YO entire & stable-mate Richard's Kid (Lemon Drop Kid-Tough Broad, by Broad Brush) & 5YO entire Kettle Corn (Candy Ride-Somethingbeautiful, by Lil E Tee). Game On Dude took his record to 8 wins (also including June's Gr2 Californian Stakes over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & February's Gr2 San Antonio Handicap over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2011's Gr1 Goodwood Stakes over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, as well as 2010's Gr3 Lone Star Derby over 8.5 furlongs at Lone Star Park) & 5 placings (including 2011's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic over 10 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap over 10 furlongs at Hollywood Park, Gr3 Lone Star Park Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Lone Star & Listed Charles Town Classic Stakes over 9 furlongs at Charles Town) from 17 starts for US$2,644,658 earnings.