The 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic will not run until Nov. 3 at Santa Anita, but the post position draw is taking place on Oct. 29. It’s an extremely important event and will significantly impact the odds of each horse in the biggest race of the two-day long event.
With $5 million on the line in the nationally televised Classic, it’s extremely important for a horse to get a favorable post position, especially at Santa Anita. While it doesn’t seem like it would make that much of a difference, certain starting gates seem to give a boost and see more winners line up in their slot than others.
This is the sixth time in Breeders’ Cup history that the Classic will be held at the Arcadia, California-based racetrack—which last hosted the event in 2009.
While we won’t know which horses will wind up in the final race, we do know that most are going to want an inside stall, but not up against the rail. It’s also not favorable to have a spot too far outside, as it makes it tough to push ahead of the field and cross the finish line first.
Let’s take a look at some horses that are hoping to compete in the Classic that would really have a great chance to win with a favorable post draw.
Game on Dude
This hometown hero is now five years old, but that isn’t stopping him from competing in this prestigious race as a true contender.
Game on Dude has 20 starts with nine wins, five places and a show during his career and had an excellent 2012—going off for four wins and a place in his six starts.
After finishing third in the Kentucky Derby this year, Dullahan has put his name on everyone’s radar.
The Donegal Racing star recently finished with a win at the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar and is positioned to shock the world at Santa Anita during the Classic.
Ron the Greek
This handicap favorite has steadily become one of the better horses in the field and should be a horse that everyone bets to show. However, a good post position draw could mean Ron the Greek pulls off a surprise victory.
He’s got seven wins in his 21 lifetime starts, and could add an eighth on Nov. 4.