The $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) features the top older horses on the west coast going 1 1/4 miles over the Polytrack at Del Mar, looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Classic. 34,482 fans packed the seaside oval on Sunday afternoon under sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70's. As expected, Game On Dude was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10, off his wins in the Californian (G2) and the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1). In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Richard's Kid, second in the Hollywood Gold Cup before winning the Cougar II Handicap (G3), and 5-1 third choice Dullahan, the only 3-year-old in the field, making his first start against older horses off his distant 5th in the Haskell Invitational (G1).
77-1 longest shot Riveting Reason was shot to the front first time past the stands getting the opening quarter in 23.61 before Game On Dude took over on the clubhouse turn through a half in 46.98 and 3/4 in 1:11.08, while stalked by 6-1 Suggestive Boy. On the far turn, Game On Dude continued to lead, opening up a 1 1/2 length advantage through 1 mile in 1:35.25. Under urging by jockey Chantal Sutherland, Game On Dude extended his lead to 2 lengths at the 1/8 pole, but Dullahan, who was 9th early, rallied five wide to win by 1/2 a length in a new track record time of 1:59.54. It was a long 2 3/4 lengths back to late-running Richard's Kid third.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form