Game On Dude, Nonios in good order after Native Diver
Ward wondered if the positioning on the clubhouse turn might have made a difference.
"We had that horse (Game On Dude) in the position we wanted to going into the first turn, and we let him through,'' he said. "If you're going to send out of there, cross over and make that guy take a hold. I sure would have liked him (Pedroza) to be more aggressive. I don't know, maybe he didn't have enough speed to cross over. Those guys know what they're doing."
Meanwhile, trainer Peter Miller relayed that Reneesgotzip, the relentless winner of the Skillful Joy Stakes, came out of the victory fine.
"That was one of her toughest wins," Miller said. "She struggled all the way, but won on class alone. She didn't care for the track, but though it was slow, it was a safe track. That's the main thing, the safety.
"I'm going to talk to the owner, but if everything looks good, she'll probably run next in the La Brea Stakes (Grade 1 on December 26 at Santa Anita).''
Nechez Dawn, who was caught by Reneesgotzip in deep stretch, "came back well," according to trainer Jeff Bonde. "She's a real trier."
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