2014 Charles Town Classic

Charles Town Classic

Game On DudeLet’s preview the Grade 2 Charlestown Classic Stakes for four year olds and up going a distance of 11/8 miles for a purse of $1,500,000. This is a great race with a great big purse. The purse distribution is a little different here. One Million dollars goes to the owner of the winner, and then $10,000 to all owners of horses that finish 7th through last, then the remaining purse money will be divided as follows: 50% to second, 25% to third, 12.5% to fourth, 7.5% to fifth and 5% to sixth. This is a fair and generous distribution of the purse money.  The morning line favorite is Bob Baffert’s Game on Dude with Mike Smith aboard. He likes to be in control from start to finish and won in convincing fashion over Will Take Charge in the Santa Anita Handicap in early March. Even though he has been high weighted in this one, he will be hard to beat. Second in the ML is Eric Guillot’s Moreno with Joel Rosario in the irons. Moreno was a scratch in the Oaklawn Handicap and the reason he scratched was because they opted to run in this race instead. He is not shy about getting to the lead and that is the way he likes it. He is carrying 5 pounds less than Game on Dude and this may help him a little.

Clubhouse RideThird choice in the ML is Craig Lewis’ Clubhouse Ride with Tyler Baze getting the call. This one likes to lay close to the pace and then try and make a run down the stretch. He has faced Game on Dude on numerous occasions and always fell short. It will be a tough race for him again today. As much as I hate to say it Game on Dude looks like the obvious winner here. He is used to carrying high weight and there is no Will Take Charge here today. I believe it will be Game on Dude to win (but I won’t be betting him), Long River second and Moreno third. I just might play Dude and River in the exacta. Have a great day Gals and Guys!




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