Breeders' Cup Post Position: Horses in Prime Position to Win Classic

Shawn BrubakerContributor IINovember 3, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Game On Dude gallops over the track during morning workouts for the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Breeders' Cup races have begun, and they're all building up to the big event: the Classic. 

A few horses stand out from the pack, looking like solid bets to win the big race. These horses are in prime position to win the Classic.


Game On Dude—9-5 Odds

Game On Dude is the favorite right now, and for good reason. With nine wins in 20 career starts, Game On Dude has a pedigree of success.

He was last year's runner-up, but with another successful year under his belt, Game On Dude looks ready to step into the spotlight. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has done a tremendous job getting Game On Dude into shape for the final stretch of the season.

With solid training and a pedigree that includes a Breeders' Cup Classic victor, Game On Dude looks like an excellent, safe bet to win the Classic.


Fort Larned—5-1 Odds

Few horses are favored to have a real chance to defeat Game On Dude, but Fort Larned might have the best shot out of all of them.

With seven wins in 18 starts, Fort Larned knows what victory feels like, but he has never won on a big stage like this. 

Trainer Ian Wilkes has 42 wins under his belt this season, and Fort Larned looks like a good shot to win another one. While he lacks the pedigree of Game On Dude, he has had success and is looking for a signature win in a big race. The Breeders' Cup Classic would be just that.


Flat Out—5-1 Odds

Flat Out was one of 2011's best stories in horse racing, going from an oft-injured non-factor to a favorite in the 2011 Breeders' Cup.

While Flat Out disappointed in last year's Breeders' Cup, he has a chance to make up for that in this year's race.

Flat Out has been the beneficiary of excellent training, first from Scooter Dickey and now from Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. 

That Flat Out has come from so much adversity should make him a crowd favorite in this year's Classic, but it's his training that puts him among the favorites to win the race. Expect a tough performance from one tough horse.