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Hollywood Gold Cup Betting – Game On Dude Chalks Up Another Victory

Posted by on 7/4/2013 8:21:56 PM

Sports betting players should be gearing up for the Grade-1 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday as this is one of the top races on the west coast of the United States, and a victory for any horse in this race will boost their odds for the latter half of 2013. It is run on a synthetic surface and it is a total of 1 ¼ miles in length.

There have been a few back-to-back winners in this race in previous years, and Game On Dude has a great chance to join that list as he is by far the best horse in a small field. Unless he slips up, gets hurt or another horse runs the race of their career, Game On Dude is going to end up in the winner’s circle and bolster his chances for the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, July 6th, post time TBA
Where: Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
Pick: Game On Dude

Clubhouse Ride has been on a roll in 2013, claiming four straight runner-up finishes before finally getting a win in the Grade-2 Californian at the beginning of June. This five-year-old horse has finished in the top three in 18 of his 25 career starts, but only three of those have been victories and the win in the Californian was his first graded-stakes event. If you can take a positive from that, the Californian was held at Betfair Hollywood Park and it was on a synthetic surface, so at least trainer Craig Lewis knows he can win here.

Game On Dude is making a run at the Horse of the Year award with three straight wins in 2013 and four consecutive victories overall, which was much needed after finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November. The goal is for Game On Dude to make it to that event again and redeem himself, and he is also aiming to defend his title in the Hollywood Gold Cup. He finished second in this race in 2011, so he likes Betfair Hollywood Park and trainer Bob Baffert is looking to wrap up his third win in a row (and his fifth overall) in this race.

Kettle Corn came in fourth in the aforementioned Californian, and he came in third in last year’s Hollywood Gold Club and he figures to be an intriguing option for horse betting sharps. He has finished in the top four in all 17 of his starts, and only two of those have been fourth-place finishes. He does have five victories, but four of those have been in either claiming or allowance races, so it’s going to be interesting to see if he can keep up with the top horses here, although he did just fine in this event last year at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Oilisblackgold looks to be a horse betting darkhorse on Saturday as he has 22 starts under his belt, but only four have come in graded-stakes events; the rest have been allowance races. He also has just one win in that time and that can’t be encouraging. If he can’t win allowance races on a regular basis, how is he going to beat out the likes of Game On Dude in a big race such as this? He could be worth a look if you’re aiming to take a chance, but it isn’t very likely that he’ll win without a couple of breaks.

Sky Kingdom rounds out this small field, and he is aiming to rebound from a sixth-place finish in the Grade-2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap. He is the second of two Baffert horses in this field and he is making his 11th career start and while he does have three wins, only one has been in a graded-stakes event: the Grade-3 Tokyo City Cup in March. This is a huge race for Sky Kingdom going forward, because if he performs well here, Baffert could give this four-year-old colt a shot in another big-money race.

How It Will Play Out

If there was a larger field, you may find another horse that could beat Game On Dude, but it isn’t looking very likely and it is going to take a minor miracle for any of the other four thoroughbreds to beat this Horse of the Year candidate. You have to go with Game On Dude at the 2013 Hollywood Gold Club on Saturday in your online betting picks.

Hollywood Gold Cup Betting Pick: Game On Dude

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