Popular gaming executive Terry Lanni must be smiling broadly in Horseplayers’ Heaven while watching Game On Dude, the multiple-stakes winner that is partly owned by his family trust, continue to add to his laurels.
Last week, the six-year-old son of Awesome Again, added another feather to his cap by winning the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia, thus adding another million dollars to his earnings.
In addition to the Lanni Family Trust, Game On Dude is partly-owned by Las Vegas gaming manufacturer Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable, Las Vegas auto executive Bernie Schiappa and Joe Torre, the former manager of the New York Yankees.
Since beginning his racing career, Game On Dude has banked $4.7 million. The Charles Town victory was his fourth consecutive win in major stakes. He had previously accounted for the Native Diver Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, the San Antonio Handicap and the grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.
Prior to his passing, Lanni, whose years as a leader of both Caesars Palace and the MGM Resorts Group, will long be viewed as the best that Las Vegas had to offer. It was during those years that Lanni maintained a strong interest in thoroughbred racing with major stakes winners. It also gave him the opportunity to visit Dubai with one of his horses.
It was during that visit that Lanni was quoted as saying how he would love to build a hotel in that emirate, where horse racing is strongly supported but gambling is prohibited. Shortly after his retirement, a state-sponsored Dubai company acquired a half-interest in MGM’s CityCenter.
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