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Game on Dude in Pacific Classic: No Worries

Game on Dude Pacific Classic 2013DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Baffert usually doesn't give his jockeys much instruction before a race. After enduring Game On Dude's agonizing loss in last year's Pacific Classic, this time the Hall of Fame trainer had an explicit order for Martin Garcia.
''When you turn for home, I don't want anybody running you down,'' Baffert told him.
No worries.
The Dude abided, winning the $1 million Classic by a record 8 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sunday.
''That was goose bump stuff,'' said co-owner Joe Torre, the former Yankees and Dodgers manager and current Major League Baseball executive vice president.
It was the largest winning margin in the race's 23-year history, bettering the 5 1/2 lengths that Skimming won by in 2001.
''He just made a huge statement and put on a show,'' Baffert said.