Breeders' Cup 2012: Top Jockeys in This Year's Race

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Breeders' Cup 2012: Top Jockeys in This Year's Race
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The twelve jockeys slated to compete in this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic have 31,906 wins between them, but for all but a few, a win in this race would be the greatest victory in their careers.

Since the Breeders' Cup was first introduced in 1984, it has become one of the most important events in horse racing. It is one of the most widely attended races in the United States and has one of the largest purses in the world, and its marquee race, the Breeders' Cup Classic, has become one of the most sought after titles in the sport.

This year's field features some truly exceptional jockeys, including two previous winners of the Classic, some of the hottest competitors in the sport, and an indisputable legend of the sport. Here is a look at five of the best jockeys who will ride in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.  

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