Breeders' Cup Classic 2012: Breaking Down Odds for Every Contender

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Breeders' Cup Classic 2012: Breaking Down Odds for Every Contender
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Mike Smith aboard Drosselmeyer after winning last year's Classic

The $5 million Classic (Grade I) is the pinnacle of the Breeders' Cup event and the one everyone expects since most of the time, it attracts the best of the best in the USA and sometimes worldwide.

Last year, Drosselmeyer came in 10th place at the mile pole to run down a stubborn Game on Dude in the final half-furlong to win the race under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

That edition lacked true superstar power, even though several Horse of the Year candidates were in it, including the award's eventual winner, Havre de Grace, who finished fourth.

This year, although there are several very good horses on the race, and potential Horse of the Year candidates, it lacks that superstar horse on the field.

A true superstar could have been Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another, who unfortunately got injured the day before the Belmont Stakes, lost the shot at the Triple Crown and had to retire, leaving everyone with the eternal question of "What if?"

Still, this year's edition, led by the likely favorite Game On Dude, Flat Out, Mucho Macho Man and Ron the Greek, promises to be a very interesting race, and one where another long shot could sneak up and win it.

The Classic, run on dirt at 10 furlongs, will go as the 12th race on the Saturday card at Santa Anita and will have an approximate post time of 5:30 p.m. PT.

Let's take a quick look at the contenders for this Saturday's main event.

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