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2012 Autumn Championship at Santa Anita: Game On Dude rolls towards the Classic

Game On Dude looks to solidify his status as one of the favorites for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Autumn Championship on Saturday.

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Executiveprivilege Clearly The Best (Video)

If you're looking for a horse that might just be a stone cold lock at the Breeders' Cup, look no further than Executiveprivilege, the runaway winner of the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes and undefeated through five career starts. Her victory at Santa Anita on Saturday couldn't not have been any easier as she sprinted to the lead, slowed the field down through a half mile in 48.41 and six furlongs in 1:35.45, and then picked up the pace to pull away from the field for a six and a quarter length winner over runner-up Scarlet Strike.

With this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at the same track and distance a the Chandelier Stakes, Executiveprivilege will be a heavy favorite to extend her winning streak to six races.

Very few of the other fillies in the Chandelier put up much of a fight on Saturday, but runner-up Scarlet Strike closed nicely in the stretch and could be a filly to watch going forward. She has the pedigree to suggest she'll run well at longer distances and she's shown a good late kick in all of her previous efforts.

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Marketing Mix Sweeps To Victory (Video)

The Rodeo Drive was one of the more oddly run races on the Santa Anita card on Saturday. Typically, turf races at a distance of a mile and a quarter or longer will have a somewhat moderate pace. Most horses in America aren't bred to go a mile and a quarter which makes saving energy in the early stages crucial to success. For whatever reason, neither Let's Go Cheyenne nor Vivo Per Lei got the message in the Rodeo Drive.

Breaking from the gate an the bottom part of the downhill turf course at Santa Anita, Let's Go Cheyenne and Vivo Per Lei sprinted to the front of the field, leading by over ten lengths at the half mile mark and running the opening six furlongs in an incredible 1:09.62. To put that in perspective, sprinters at Santa Anita (horses that only run six furlongs), run their entire race in around 1:09 or 1:10. The leaders of the Rodeo Drive put up those fractions and still had a half mile to run. Not surprisingly, both of the leaders were out of gas by the time they left the far turn, finishing well back of the winner.

Marketing Mix, sent to post at odds of even money, was content to sit off the suicidal pace and make her move coming into the top of the lane. She encountered little resistance from any of her rivals and score by an easy two and a quarter lengths at the wire.

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Power Broker: A Maiden No More (Video)

Sometimes all it takes is a simple change to bring out the best in a horse. Power Broker raced over a turf or synthetic surface in all three of his previous race but found something extra when stepping on dirt for the first time at Santa Anita on Saturday. After stalking the early leaders of Carving and Know More through the opening six furlongs, Power Broker made a strong move to the lead and won the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes by six and a half lengths over Know More.

Power Broker will have a chance to duplicate his FrontRunner Stakes victory in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile over the same Santa Anita dirt on November 3rd. Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on two occasions: 2002 with Vindication and 2008 with Midshipman.

Capo Bastone is a colt to keep an eye on going forward; he was the only horse in the FrontRunner field to make up significant ground in the stretch as he closed from last to finish third.

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Love and Pride Goes Gate To Wire (Video)

If there's one thing we know about the main track at Santa Anita, it's this: you can't let a quality horse get an easy lead or else there is almost no chance of running down the leader in the stretch drive. The hard and fast nature of the Santa Anita dirt tends to play well for horses with early speed, a trait that Love and Pride used to her advantage to win the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes (formerly the Lady's Secret) at Santa Anita Park.

The results of the Saturday's Zenyatta Stakes are pretty easy to break down: Love and Pride got and easy early lead, put up modest fractions of 23.98, 48.47 and 1:12.58 through six furlongs, and proceeded to pull away from her rivals to win by a comfortable three and a quarter lengths at the wire. She was never seriously challenged inside the final quarter mile and was much better than the top West Coast fillies of Include Me Out, Amani (CHI) and Switch.

Amani, sent to the post as the 5/2 favorite, broke very slowly from the gate and could only muster a fifth place finish and was over two and a half lengths behind the fourth place filly, Via Villaggio.

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Game On Dude Rolls Twoards The Breeders' Cup

Saturday's Awesome Again Stakes provided little drama as Game On Dude, sent to post as the 3/10 betting favorite, stalked the early speed of Winning Machine, went by the leader willingly on the far turn and was never seriously threatened by any of his rivals in the final quarter mile.

The victory was Game On Dude's second in a row in the Awesome Again, although the race was called the Goodwood Stakes prior to 2012.

Nonios put his lackluster Travers run behind him to finish a good second, four lengths clear of third place horse Richard's Kid. Rail Trip ran evenly to finish fourth.

At the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, Game On Dude came within a length and a half from giving trainer Bob Bafffert his first victory in the Classic. This year, with the Classic occurring over their home track of Santa Anita Park, Baffert and Game On Dude will be one of the betting favorites to avenge their defeat from a year ago.

Game On Dude is a son of the horse for which this race was named: 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Awesome Again.

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Game On Dude Wins The Awesome Again

Game On Dude racing early in a perfect stalking position right off of Winning Machine, went by the long shot frontrunner with ease at the top of the stretch and then held off Nonios inside the final furlong to win the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes by three lengths at the wire. Richard's Kid ran on well to grab the third spot while Rail Trip finished fourth.

The victory in the Aweseom Again is Game On Dude's second win in a Grade 1 race in 2012 following wins in the G1-Hollywood Gold Cup on July 7th.

Game On Dude is a five-year-old gelding by Awesome Again out of a Devil His Due mare (Wordly Pleasure), trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Rafael Bejarano

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes.

WIN: 1-Game On Dude ($2.60, $2.20, $2.10)
PLACE: 3-Nonios ($4.80, $3.00)
SHOW: 7-Richard's Kid ($2.80)

$1.00 EXACTA: (1/3) $5.70
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (1/3/7) $18.80
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (1/3/7/9) $4.74
$2.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (11/1) $5.20
$1.00 PICK 3: (7/11/1) $14.90

Fractions:
1/4: 23.23
1/2: 48.02
3/4: 1:11.94
Mile: 1:36.33
Finish: 1:48.98

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.23
1/2: 24.79
3/4: 23.92
Mile: 24.39
Finish: 12.65

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Rodeo Drive Stakes: Marking Mix Steamrolls Home

Sitting behind what was an inexplicably hot pace in the early stages, favorite Marketing Mix rolled to the lead at the top of the stretch and won the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive by four or five lengths over Nereid. Stormy Lucy finished third in the field of 13.

Thisismystage and Let's Go Cheyenne broke well from the gate and set extremely fast early fractions, clicking off the opening six furlongs in 23.69, 45.78 and and sprinter-like 1:09.62. By the time the leaders hit the far turn they had nothing left in the tank and were easy prey for the fillies and mares charging home behind them.

With her victory in the Rodeo Drive, Marketing Mix assured herself a spot in the starting gate for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita on November 2nd.

Marketing Mix is a four-year-old filly by Medaglia d'Oro out of a Kris S. mare (Instant Thought), trained by Thomas Proctor and ridden by Garrett Gomez.

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Rodeo Drive Stakes.

WIN: 11-Marketing Mix ($4.00, $2.80, $2.40)
PLACE: 13-Nereid ($9.40, $6.80)
SHOW: 3-Stormy Lucy ($6.60)

$1.00 EXACTA: (11/13) $20.30
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (11/13/3) $208.20
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (11/13/3/7) $316.05
$2.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (7/11) $24.00
$1.00 PICK 3: (10/11/10) $57.50

Fractions:
1/4: 23.69
1/2: 45.78
3/4: 1:09.62
Mile: 1:35.00
Finish: 1:59.50

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.69
1/2: 22.09
3/4: 23.84
Mile: 25.38
Finish: 24.20

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Love and Pride Goes Gate To Wire

In her last start, Love and Pride scored a big upset over Royal Delta and It's Tricky in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign in a fantastic performance. She backed that up performance with an easy victory in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. Setting moderate but honest fractions in the early stages, Love and Pride grabbed the lead right after leaving the gate and was never seriously threatened in the final furlongs.

Up next for Love and Pride is the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on November 2nd.

Following the race there was a jockey's objection between Rosie Napravnik/Joyful Victory and Martin Pedroza/Via Villagio. After a review of the tape, the results were unchanged.

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes:

WIN: 7-Love and Pride ($10.20, $5.20, $4.00)
PLACE: 4-Joyful Victory ($8.20, $5.00)
SHOW: 6-Include Me Out ($2.60)

$1.00 EXACTA: (7/4) $35.00
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (7/4/6) $146.90
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (7/4/6/8) $156.22
$2.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (10/7) $74.60
$1.00 PICK 3: (7/10/7) $35.70

Fractions:
1/4: 23.98
1/2: 48.47
3/4: 1:12.58
Mile: 1:36.72
Finish: 1:43.09

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.98
1/2: 24.49
3/4: 24.11
Mile: 24.14
Finish: 6.37

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Power Broker Gets His First Win In FrontRunner

Power Broker, winless in three career starts, swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away from his rivals to easily win the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Know More set the early pace and held to finish second. Capo Bastogne finished third.

In addition to being part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, the FrontRunner is also a scoring race on the Road to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. While it's unlikely that Power Broker will actually run in the Derby, the points earned in this race could be valuable in the spring.

Power Broker is a two-year-old son of Pulpit out of a Wild Again mare (Shop Again), trained by Bob Baffert, ridden by Rafael Bejarano and owned by Gary and Mary West.

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes:

WIN: 10-Power Broker ($12.00, $6.20, $4.00)
PLACE: 7-Know More ($3.40, $2.40)
SHOW: 8-Capo Bastogne ($4.20)

$1.00 EXACTA: (10/7) $18.30
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (10/7/8) $65.60
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (10/7/8/1) $33.08
$2.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (7/10) $18.60
$1.00 PICK 3: (7/7/10) $46.80

Fractions:
1/4: 23.19
1/2: 47.53
3/4: 1:12.45
Mile: 1:37.89
Finish: 1:44.44

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.19
1/2: 24.34
3/4: 24.82
Mile: 25.44
Finish: 6.55

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Santa Anita Race Schedule, TV, Video & More

Santa Anita's Autumn Championship meeting kicked off on Friday afternoon, but it's the Saturday card that horse racing fans and handicappers are eagerly anticipating. An 11-race card on Saturday is highlighted by five Grade 1 stakes, including the Awesome Again Stakes, a "Win and You're In" race for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. Additionally, Santa Anita will offer a pair of Grade 1 stakes for juveniles.

The Awesome Again Stakes is the renamed Goodwood Stakes (the Goodwood was part of the old Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting that is no longer running), a race inaugurated in 1982. This year's Awesome Again feature two prior winners of the race: favorite Game On Dude and Richard's Kid. Richard's Kid won the race the year it was held at Hollywood Park over their synthetic surface.

Horse Racing Television ("HRTV") will have live on-site coverage of all the action at Santa Anita. HRTV is part of the Sports Pack on several cables systems and the Dish Network (channel 404). You can also watch live streaming of the races from Santa Anita through an approved Advance Deposit Wagering ("ADW") provider. Additionally, The Daily Racing Form will have live streaming video from Santa Anita Park on their website. (Link)

If you live in a state that allows ADWs, you can bet on all the action at Santa Anita through one of many licensed companies within the U.S., such as TwinSpires.com, TVG.com, Expressbet.com and DRFBets.com.

Below are the post times for Saturday’s stakes action at Santa Anita.

Post time Track Race
6:41pm ET SA G1-Chandelier
7:14pm ET SA G1-FrontRunner
7:45pm ET SA G1-Zenyatta
8:16pm ET SA G1-Rodeo Drive
8:46pm ET SA G1-Awesome Again

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