Thoroughbred Racing

 
          === Game On Dude exits Native Diver headed for Big 'Cap ===
 
 Inglewood, CA (Sports Network) - Game On Dude found something extra in winning
 Saturday's  $250,000  Native Diver Stakes  at Hollywood  Park and came away in
 good shape after fighting off Nonios to win the 1 1/8-mile stakes
 
 "I thought he was impressive," said Mike Marlow, longtime assistant to trainer
 Bob  Baffert. "He was  tested all the way. Mike Smith's move on the first turn
 was a key factor in the race."
 
 Owned in part by Joe Torre, Game On Dude posted a 1 1/4-length win over his 3-
 year-old  challenger and will soon be transferred from Hollywood Park to Santa
 Anita.  The 5-year-old gelding will be pointed toward the Santa Anita Handicap
 in March.
 
 The  victory was a  bit of redemption for Game On Dude who finished seventh as
 the  13-10  favorite in the  Breeders' Cup Classic Nov.  3 at Santa Anita. The
 loss  to  Fort  Larned knocked  Baffert's  horse  out  of  Horse of  the  Year
 consideration.
 
 "It's just a shame that he ran great races all year long and had a bad trip in
 the  Breeders' Cup. But  it's a new day today," Baffert noted after the Native
 Diver victory.
 
 The win had significance for Game  On Dude's connections as it put the gelding
 over  the  $3 million mark in  lifetime earnings. He will begin his 6-year-old
 campaign in 2013 with career earnings of $3,132,158.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/03 11:16:40 ET

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