Torre's Game On Dude ready for Belmont

Torre's Game On Dude ready for Belmont

LOS ANGELES -- Game On Dude, a thoroughbred part-owned by Dodgers manager Joe Torre, is 10-1 on the morning line for Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes in New York.

Torre, an avid racehorse owner, never had a starter in a Triple Crown race until this year, but Game On Dude will be his second in five weeks. Homeboykris, a gelding part-owned by the Dodgers manager, went off at odds of 27-1 in the Kentucky Derby last month -- and ran like it -- finishing 16th of 20 but fulfilling Torre's dream of having a starter in the Run for the Roses.

Game On Dude comes into this race off a victory May 9 in the Lone Star Derby outside of Dallas. It was Game On Dude's second win in five starts and, notes Torre, he is bred to go the Belmont's taxing 1 1/2-mile marathon distance.

The Dodgers will be preparing to play a night game with Atlanta at Dodger Stadium when the Belmont Stakes is run and Torre will watch the race from his office television, as he did the Kentucky Derby. Game On Dude is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

"Distance shouldn't be an issue, and they say he's on top of his game, so we'll see how good the top of his game is," said Torre.