Game On Dude wins Californian for Baffert, Torre



INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Game On Dude led all the way to win the $147,000 Californian by a record 714 lengths on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, with co-owner Joe Torre looking on.

Ridden by Chantal Sutherland, Game On Dude ran 1 1-8 miles on the synthetic Cushion Track in 1:48.01 and paid $4 and $2.40 as the even-money favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The 5-year-old gelding’s margin of victory was the largest in the race’s 57-year history.

Kettle Corn returned $3.20. Baffert’s other entry, Prayer for Relief, was another half-length back in third. There was no show wagering after Uh Oh Bango was scratched, reducing the field to four for the Grade 2 race.

Game On Dude’s next start will be in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 7.