Breeders' Cup 2012 Post Time: Everything You Need to Know About Classic Race

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2012

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Alpha trains in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31, 2012 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Breeders' Cup is not only the best horse racing event of the year, but it is one of the best spectacles in all of sports.

While the Classic is the main event that everyone wants to see, there are 14 additional races featuring the fastest horses in the world.

There is a very selective process to qualify to be a part of this weekend. Therefore, winning is tougher and more prestigious than any of the Triple Crown races that get much more publicity.

For fans and casual observers, here is everything you need to know about the Breeders' Cup Classic.


Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

When: November 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Breeders' Cup App

Distance: 1 1/4 Miles

Purse: $5 million


Post Positions (Odds courtesy of

Post Name Odds
1 Pool Play 30-1
2 Flat Out 5-1
3 Alpha  20-1
4 Fort Larned 5-1
5 Game On Dude 9-5
6 Brilliant Speed 20-1
7 Handsome Mike 30-1
8 Nonios 20-1
9 Richard's Kid 12-1
10 Ron the Greek 6-1
11 Mucho Macho Man 8-1
12 To Honor and Serve 8-1


Top Contenders

Game On Dude

Bob Baffert has trained horses to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont as well as seven total wins at the Breeders' Cup. However, he has never won the Classic.

That could all change by the end of the weekend with Game On Dude.

The thoroughbred finished second in last year's event to Drosselmeyer and is looking to redeem itself this year with a win.

Game On Dude has already won a race on this track at the Santa Anita Handicap and is the odds-on favorite. Still, nothing is guaranteed in a sport like this.


Flat Out

Fort Larned and Flat Out have a bit of a rivalry going over the last couple of months. Fort Larned won the Whitney Handicap in August, with Flat Out taking third place behind Ron the Greek.

However, things changed at the 1.25 mile run, with Flat Out earning the victory over Fort Larned.

Joel Rosario was the jockey in the most recent race and he will be again in the Classic. He will try to achieve the same result, but so will 11 other horses.

This horse has the experience, but it will need to have a big performance to take the top spot.


Fort Larned

Named after a 19th century fort in Kansas, Fort Larned has had one good year.

It has come in first in half of its eight races this year, earning almost $900,000 in the process. 

While Fort Larned does not have much experience running a race of this distance, it still has great speed and should be one of the fastest finishers of the race.


Ron the Greek

This might be one of the best value bets in the entire race.

In six races this year, Ron the Greek has finished either first or second in all but one. In many of those events, the field was similar to the one it will face in the Classic on Saturday.

Still, the horse sits at only 6-1 odds heading into the weekend. 

Of all of the competitors that have the ability to break out of the back, Ron the Greek might be one of the best picks.