With his devastating 7 3/4-length victory last month in the historic Big ‘Cap, Game On Dude served notice that at age six he remains one of the top racehorses in the country.
The Classic purse was increased from $1 million to $1.5 million for 2013, and Baffert couldn’t wait to take another shot at the race. Game On Dude finished second to Duke of Mischief in the 2011 edition on a rainy night over a sloppy track. Since then, he has won eight graded stakes.
Going from one-turn sprint victories to a three-turn tour de force in a $1 million race is not an everyday occurrence. Yet, Caixa Eletronica is not an everyday horse.
Claimed by trainer Todd Pletcher for New York owner Mike Repole in 2011, Caixa Eletronica has since won eight races and competed in some of the most prestigious stakes in the country, including the Cigar Mile, Met Mile, Forego and Vosburgh.
Pletcher will have more than the defending winner in tow; he also will send out the up-and-coming four-year-old Mordi’s Miracle, a recent second in the Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct, as well as five-year-old gelding Percussion, a sharp winner of two straight allowance races at the same track who will be making his stakes bow in the Charles Town Classic.
Another Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott, will send out Ron the Greek, who has victories in last year’s Big ‘Cap and Stephen Foster Handicap on his resume.