2014 Charles Town Classic

April 19, 2014

$1,500,000 (G2) 4&up, 1 1/18 miles

Winner: IMPERATIVE
Owner: KM Racing Enterprises, Inc.
Trainer: George Papaprodomou
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

In 2014, Game on Dude not only showed up to defend his title in the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic, but also came to Charles Town with hopes of passing John Henry as the richest gelding in the history of North American thoroughbred racing.  Six weeks after adding a record third Santa Anita Handicap (G1) to his hall of fame resume, the Bob Baffert trained Game On Dude would go off as the odds-on 0.60-to-1 favorite in the field of seven.

Game on Dude took his typical spot near the front under jockey Mike Smith and was able to shake off a pace pressing Moreno going into the far turn and was able to seize a length lead, but had to deal with the huge longshot Imperative who was gearing up from the back the pack.  Imperative, himself ridden by a hall of famer in Kent Desormeaux, swept past Game on Dude at the top of the stretch and drew off to a 1 1/2 length victory. 

Owned by KM Racing Enterprised, Inc. and trained by George Papaprodromou, the son of Bernardini returned $55.00 for every $2.00 win bet, making him the longest shot to ever win the Charles Town Classic.   

Moreno, who would go on to win the prestigious Whitney Handicap (G1) later that year finished third.

Links

2014 Chart

2014 Order of Finish

2014 Video