Favorites are never fun bets, so I’m going with the speedy colt Mucho Macho Man to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Aside from having the best name in the field, Mucho began his best racing year in 2012 with three straight stakes victories. He’s won four of his last six starts and registered a 113-speed rating, an unprecedented number compared to any other colt at Santa Anita.
What makes Mucho such a fantastic pick at 8-1 odds is that the race environment has shaped into his favor. The Florida-bred colt was trained to run on the left-handed track he has won countless races on.
Kathy Ritvo, who has been on her own taking care of horses since 1997, trains Mucho. She had a heart transplant four years ago and dreamed of watching her horse in the Breeders Classic. Think her horse is going to fail under those circumstances?
Didn’t think so.
Not to mention Mucho Macho Man will be ridden by successful Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith. The rider needs one more win at Santa Anita to become the all-time leader in wins.
Smith wouldn’t just pick any horse. The one he’ll be saddled onto is one of the best in the field, even if he isn’t in the top two in odds.
He will be happy to take up a post on the outside, where he can get into his comfort zone and make a run with some room to work with.
At four years old, Mucho is ripe to make his mark at Santa Anita and take home the Breeders. He has some worthy opponents in Churchill Downs Breeders’ winner Game on Dude and Pennsylvania Derby victor Handsome Mike.
You heard it here first. Mucho Macho Man will be winning mucho dollars when the sun sets on the Breeders' Cup Classic.
To find out more info about Mucho Macho Man, check out the Breeders Cup Classic site here.