Flat Out and Game on Dude Win Challenge Races for Breeders' Cup Classic
NEW YORK (September 29, 2012) – Preston Stables 6-year-old Flat Out won today’s TVG 1 ¼ mile Jockey Club Gold Cup by a head over Stay Thirsty at Belmont Park and became the fifth horse to qualify for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a global series of 73 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Bill Mott, Flat Out joins Ron the Greek, who won the Stephen Foster Handicap, Game on Dude, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup and today’s Awesome Again Stakes, Fort Larned, who won the Whitney Handicap, and Dullahan, who won the Pacific Classic, as the five automatic qualifiers for this year’s Classic, which will be run at a 1 ¼ miles.
At Santa Anita, the 5-year-old gelding Game on Dude, ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Bob Baffert, won the 1 1/8 mile Awesome Again Stakes over the 3-year-old Nonios for his second Breeders’ Cup Challenge win of the year. Game on Dude finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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Photo of Game on Dude winning the Awesome Again Stakes.