Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert might have a starter for the 142nd running of $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 5 in Game On Dude, a 4 ½-length winner of the May 8 Lone Star Derby (gr. III).
“He could be a Belmont horse,” Baffert said May 9 at Churchill Downs. “We will look seriously at it with him.”
A gelded son of Awesome Again , Game On Dude broke his maiden at second asking in February, then finished seventh in the Florida Derby (gr. I) in his first start for the Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable, and Bernard C. Schiappa. He next finished fifth in The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill.
“We bought him (privately) three days before the Florida Derby, and he was just green in there,” said Baffert. “We ran him in the Derby Trial and he hated the mud.”