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Game on Dude solidifies role as Classic favorite in Awesome Again

Game on Dude did what was expected in his final tune-up for the Breeders' Cup Classic, posting an easy win in the Grade 1, $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes, and figures to be a definitive favorite over the same Santa Anita track on November 3. Favored at 1-5 over eight rivals on Saturday, the classy gelding provided Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano with their third Grade 1 victory on the afternoon when cruising to a 3 1/4-length decision.

Power Broker breaks maiden in FrontRunner

The Bob Baffert trainee pressed the pace three wide as Know More, the 9-5 favorite, and another Baffert trainee, Carving, battled back and forth setting fractions of :23, :47 2/5 and 1:12 2/5. Once Power Broker took over the lead in the upper stretch, the race was over as the son of Pulpit drew clear under left-hand urging from rider Rafael Bejarano. He was able to go the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44 2/5.

Marketing Mix struts her stuff in Rodeo Drive

Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix was the class of the field in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita, and it showed. Rallying from well off a blistering speed duel, the even-money favorite drew off imperiously and stamped herself as the leading domestic hope for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Love and Pride beats west's best in Zenyatta

Coming off a stunning upset of eastern heavyweights Royal Delta and It's Tricky in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap, Green Hills Farm's Love and Pride showed that win was no fluke by traveling to Santa Anita and knocking out the West Coast's leading older fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Zenyatta.

Executiveprivilege dominates Chandelier, remains undefeated

Trained by Bob Baffert, Executiveprivilege sped between horses going straight to the rail and posted fractions of :23 4/5, :48 2/5 and 1:13 2/5. The two-year-old set a pressured pace, but started to pull away on the second turn, leaving her competition behind in her wire-to-wire win. She was able to cover the 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44 4/5.

Nahrain survives inquiry to keep Flower Bowl

English shipper Nahrain knifed between the Chad Brown duo of Zagora and Dream Peace to get up late in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park, but the stewards wasted no time in posting the inquiry sign. Nahrain and 2-1 favorite Dream Peace had brushed as both launched their bids turning for home, and Dream Peace's hind end was knocked sideways. But the replay didn't conclusively prove fault, and the Darley Stable homebred was allowed to keep her victory, and its accompanying automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Royal Delta claims Beldame crown in emphatic style

Royal Delta was back in top form in Saturday's Grade 1, $392,000 Beldame at Belmont Park, demolishing four opponents including arch-rival It's Tricky. Under Mike Smith, the Bill Mott-trained champion opened up a wide lead turning for home and crossed the wire 9 1/2 lengths in front as the 4-5 favorite. Royal Delta returned $3.70, $2.20 and $2.10.

The Lumber Guy strikes in Vosburgh

Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy showed no signs of rust while returning from a 4 1/2-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes, holding the fast-closing Caixa Eletronica safe in the latter stages for a 1 1/4-length score. He completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 on the "good" track at Belmont Park.

Jersey Town rolls past Shackleford in Kelso

Charles Fipke's Jersey Town out-staged notable rivals Shackleford and To Honor and Serve in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, driving to a convincing 3 1/2-length decision beneath Javier Castellano. The Barclay Tagg-trained horse snapped a 23-month losing streak in the process, notching his first victory since the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in 2010, and earned a berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile where he will be a viable contender if he runs back to Saturday's performance.

Jockey Ouzts joins 6,000-win club

Jockey Perry Ouzts joined an elite group of riders Saturday when he rode Tanner Me Boy to a two-length victory in Turfway Park's 2ND race to notch his 6,000th career win.

Frankel blows away workmates

Sir Henry Cecil made a rare racecourse appearance to witness Frankel, the world's highest-rated racehorse, work over nine furlongs on the Rowley Mile ahead of his next, and most likely final, start in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

Steeler tackles Artigiano in Royal Lodge

Trained by Mark Johnston, the son of 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass earned 10 points for the victory. Artigiano, by Distorted Humor, collected four points for second. 

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