LOS ANGELES (AP) — Game On Dude is back to take another shot at winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race he led most of the way last year before getting beat in the closing yards.
He is one of a total of 180 horses, including eight defending or former champions, which were pre-entered Wednesday for the $25 million, 15-race Breeders’ Cup world championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 2-3. That’s down from last year’s record total of 193.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude was pre-entered in the 1 14-mile Classic to be run on his home track, where he is undefeated in five starts. A full field of 14 horses was pre-entered, including four trained by Bill Mott, whose Drosselmeyer won last year’s Classic by 1 12 lengths.