Bred: Adena Springs (KY)
Sire: Awesome Again
Dam: Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due
Game On Dude almost duplicated his sire’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph, but was caught in the shadow of the wire in the 2011 Classic at Churchill Downs. His runner-up finish was a bit short of the 1998 Classic victory by Awesome Again.
Nevertheless, Game On Dude was back on his game in 2012, earning his third career Grade 1 win in the Hollywood Gold Cup, and then adding a fourth Grade 1 victory in the race named after his sire when winning the Awesome Again Stakes. He finished the 2012 season with a win in the Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.
2013 brought another successful year for Game On Dude when he went undefeated in preparation for his third attempt at the Breeders' Cup Classic. The gelding won five straight graded stakes races, included winning the three biggest races for older horses in California when he swept the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup, and the $1 million Pacific Classic. After a rough trip, he placed ninth in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Awesome Again gelding out of the Devil His Due mare Worldly Pleasure was bred by multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder Adena Springs and is owned by the partnership of Lanni Family Trust, Bernard Schiappa, Mercedes Stable and Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride.
Game On Dude is trained by racing Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.