Visit Our Affiliates  
Quick Links
- HJ Medical Updates
- Racetrack Directory
- Award Winners

check out excerpts
from recent issues
Trainer Study Guide

  Updated:9/22/2014 September 22, 2014   

© 2014 Laura Plato

Welcome to the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association website. The National HBPA is dedicated to protecting the rights and providing assistance to racehorse owners & trainers.

Click the flipping magazine image above to view the electronic edition of the latest issue of The Horsemen's Journal.

Yekra Player

Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films.

Behind The Gate

Mark Giardino and Daryle Ann Lindley Giardino take you on a tour of the Sport of Kings in a way no other film ever has. Starring Joe Pesci, Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Baffert, Ron McAnally, Doug O’Neill and many other stars of racing.

• Minnesota HBPA Election Results
• No Dice for Massachusetts Racing, Breeding
• Oaklawn to Offer Lasix Free Incentives in 2015
• Dale Romans Voices Support for Children with Learning Disorders
• Horseman Tom Harbut Dies at Age 94
• Virginia-breds at Laurel could point to cooperative future
• IL: Fairmount Park leaders say track needs slots to survive
• Kentucky Downs crushes single-day handle record

      Headlines brought to you by:
      Blood-Horse, Daily Racing Form, The Paulick Report

more headlines >    

•Game On Dude retired from racing, 9/19•
CYPRESS, Calif. – Game On Dude, a top older horse in recent years and the only horse to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap, was retired Thursday after three consecutive losses, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Game On Dude won 16 of 34 starts and earned $6,498,893, including eight Grade 1 races from 2011 to earlier this year.
Game On Dude finished second in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April, fourth in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in June, and fourth in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24, losses that led to the retirement of the 7-year-old gelding. Game On Dude raced for Bernie Schiappa, Debbie Lanni, Joe Torre, and Ernie Moody.
“After his last race, we were letting everything settle,” Baffert said at Los Alamitos. “It’s getting too hard on him. He’s getting up there, and it’s tough on those old geldings.”
Game On Dude was beaten 5 1/4 lengths by Shared Belief in the Pacific Classic after racing on the lead through a fast pace and yielding the lead in early stretch. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Game On Dude was considered a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
“If we couldn’t make the Breeders’ Cup, we didn’t want to do it,” Baffert said. “It was a tough call to retire him. It took us two weeks.”
Game On Dude is the best horse in recent memory not to win an Eclipse Award, although he was positioned at the end of 2012 and 2013 to claim the Horse of the Year title approaching the BC Classic.
Game On Dude rose to prominence in 2011, winning the Santa Anita Handicap for the first time and finishing second in the BC Classic at Churchill Downs.
In 2012, Game On Dude won four stakes, including the Hollywood Gold Cup, but finished seventh in the BC Classic at Santa Anita as the 6-5 favorite. Game On Dude won his next six starts, from December 2012 through August 2013 and was the 8-5 favorite in the BC Classic at Santa Anita last November. He finished ninth, 11 lengths behind Mucho Macho Man.
“He’s gotten beat three races in a row and it’s not fun for the horse,” Baffert said. “He’s been too good for us. When he was great, he was great.”


Upcoming Events
22nd Annual Intl. Simulcast Conference
Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2014
Delray Beach, FL
Delray Beach Marriott

National Ownership Conference
Oct 13 - 16, 2014
Keeneland Race Course
Gary Falter at or (859) 224-2803.

NHBPA Fall Executive Cmte. Meeting
Oct 21 - 22, 2014
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Lexington, KY
Laura Plato, NHBPA Office

Upcoming Events

Home | What is HBPA? | News | Member Benefits | Calendar
Resource Center | Affiliates | Horsemen's Journal | Contact Us | FAQ

Copyright © 2014 National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc.
Click here to view our Disclaimer
Click here to view our Privacy Policy, Refunds, Terms & Conditions