Game On Dude races in the name of the Lanni Family Trust in partnership with Mercedes Stable, Diamond Pride and Bernie Schiappa.
Brenie Schiappa engineered the private purchase of Game on Dude prior to the Florida Derby and sold him to the other partners. The horse remained with trainer Michael Mareina through the Florida Derby. Partner Terry Lanni passed away on July 15, 2011. "He was my best friend," said Schiappa.
Schiappa also co-owned grade 1 stakes winner Sinister Minister with the Lanni Family Trust and Mercedes Stable, LLC. Sinister Minister won the 2006 Blue Grass (G1) by 12 3/4 lengths but finished sixteenth in the Kentucky Derby. Another G1 winner Schiappa owned in partnership with Lanni was Shining Energy, winner of the 2006 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap. Schiappa and Lanni were also co-owners with Ken Poslosky of 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile Winner Silic.
Ernest Moody is the owner of Mercedes Stable which he named after his longtime partner Mercedes Vila. Moody became involved in Thoroughbred racing in 2000 when he entered into an agreement with Madeleine Paulson to lease a 50-percent interest in horses that were in her name or that she retained in the estate dispersal of her late husband Allen Paulson. (Paulson, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder passed away in July of 2000. Mrs. Paulson since has married T. Boone Pickens.) Moody also bought Brookside West, the Paulson's 480-acre ranch in Bonsall, Calif., and renamed it Moody Creek.
One of the partnership horses, Rock Hard Ten, a Paulson homebred, gave Moody early success in racing. Rock Hard Ten earned $1,870,380 racing for Mrs. Paulson and Moody's Mercedes Stable LLC. His victories at three included the G1 Malibu Stakes and the G2 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes. Rock Hard Ten finished second in the G1 Preakness Stakes. At four he won the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, the G2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Strub Stakes. Rock Hard Ten stands at Lane's End near Versailles, Kentucky.
Diamond Pride is an ownership group that also has an interest in Game On Dude. Joe Torre, the former Major League Baseball manager is part owner of Diamond Pride.