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Charles Town Classic Betting – Game On Dude Goes Back-To-Back At Charles Town

Posted by on 4/16/2014 9:42:41 PM

The Grade-1 Charles Town Classic is a newer race that started in 2009, and it is one of the top races for older horses in the United States. Only thoroughbreds four years old and up can enter, and it is 1 1/8 miles run on dirt in West Virginia. The purse is what will draw some of the top older horses in the country as this event puts up a cool $1,500,000.

Game On Dude has been one of the best horses in the country for a few years now and almost broke the time record for this race en route to last year’s win. He’ll take on a horse that has challenged him in the past, but Game On Dude will add another victory to his resume on Saturday.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, April 19th, post time 10:30 PM ET
Where: Charles Town Races & Slots, Charles Town, WV
Pick: Game On Dude

Clubhouse Ride is coming off a third-place run in the Grade-2 San Carlos last month, and this is a horse that seems to be in the mix regularly. He finished second in this race last year, the third straight race in which he finished second to Game On Dude, but he also hasn’t finished better than third in six races since winning the Grade-2 Californian last June, so this is a big race for this six-year-old.

Game On Dude stumbled near the end of 2013 and finished fifth in his first start of this year in the Grade-2 San Antonio Handicap, but he bounced back to win the Grade-1 Santa Anita Handicap last month. It was a good sign as he returns to Charles Town to defend his title, and a victory on Saturday would put him this champion six-year-old on track towards a race like the Hollywood Gold Cup later this summer.

Imperative followed up his second-place run in the San Antonio Handicap by coming in seventh in the Santa Anita Handicap, so he has just one top-three finish in three graded-stakes races since 2012. He’ll probably be the longest shot for this race and if he finishes in the top three, that should be a resounding success for this four-year-old.

Long River has finished first or second in his last five starts, but his three wins came in an allowance race and two non-graded races, and the runners-up in an allowance race and the Grade-3 Excelsior in March. In two graded-stakes starts to open up 2013, this four-year-old finished fourth and eighth and this will probably be the toughest field he has faced.

Lucy’s Bob Boy has made just one start in a graded-stakes race, finishing fifth in the Grade-3 Salvator Mile last July, and he is coming off a seventh in the non-graded Broad Brush, but that was way back in December. He will likely have the fans on his side as he was bred in West Virginia, but this five-year-old probably won’t fare well against a horse like Game On Dude or even Clubhouse Ride.

Moreno has been in a race since finishing 10th at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but we know he is a talented horse as he had a solid 2013 going before that race, winning the Grade-2 Dwyer last July and finishing second or third in four more graded-stakes races. Health has been the biggest issue for this four-year-old, and a good showing on Saturday would probably point him towards another high-stakes race to show he can still compete with the best.

Ruler Of Love rounds out the field, but he has finished fourth or worse in three of his last four races, but he did win an allowance race in December and his fourth in the non-graded Challenger Stakes was at least encouraging. In six graded-stakes starts, Ruler Of Love doesn’t have any wins and three results of second or third, but he also has two eighth-place finishes and a ninth. This four-year-old probably won’t be in the mix for the win, but finishing third isn’t out of the question.

How It Will Play Out

It is tough to look away from another showdown between Game On Dude and Clubhouse Ride, and given their past matchups, it is even tougher to think that Clubhouse Ride can get the upper hand on his rival, who looked like his old self at Santa Anita. Go with Game On Dude in your picks this weekend.

Charles Town Classic Betting Pick: Game On Dude

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