El’s RECAP of the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Well, Breeders’ Cup day is behind us and we are on to selecting “Horse of the Year”.  It was an exciting day with many surprises, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  As most would have predicted, Game on Dude, who had not lost a race at Santa Anita, went of as the favorite at odds of 1.30 and was picked to win the race.  However, as Bob Baffert, his trainer, noted before the race, Game on Dude had to have a clean break at the gate and stay close to the pace to have a chance.  Unfortunately, he did not have that clean break and was shuffled behind horses.  With that it was game over for Game on Dude who finished 7th, out of the money.

Our #2 horse, Flat Out, went off as the second favorite at odds of 6.20.   Flat out broke a little slow, coming out of the gate 9th. He entered the stretch 3rd, behind by 6.5 lengths, behind the front runners Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man.  Flat Out finished in the money, but had to settle for 3rd, returning $5.20 for the show.

Our Bet-with-El third pick, Fort Larned, went off at odds of 9.40.  He came out of the gate first and ran the race wire to wire for the WIN.  He was challenged by the Kathy Ritvo trained horse, Mucho Macho Man, who ran in all three jewels of the 2011 Triple Crown.  Mucho Macho Man went off as the third favorite at odds of 6.20 and was a serious contender today.  Mucho Macho Man with Mike Smith in the irons stalked Fort Larned throughout and only a 1/2 length separated Mucho Macho Man and Fort Larned entering the stretch.  The race became a two horse duel.  These two horses drew away and separated themselves from the rest of the field by 7 lengths.

Fort Larned never gave up the lead to WIN the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a 1/2 length.   By winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he increased his purse earnings by a cool quarter of a million.  Fort Larned returned $20.80, $9.80, and $6.80 to the betting public.  Mucho Macho Man, who we did not pick to be in the money returned $6.60 and $4.60.