Game On Dude was a 7/5 favorite at the time of the post, and was five-for-five at Santa Anita Park before the running of the Breeders' Cup Classic race. But as was the trend over the two days of the 2012 edition of the event, it was an underdog that helped put up bigger numbers in the win, place and show category.
The 12-horse field offered a great run at Santa Anita, highlighted by Fort Larned grabbing an early lead and never relinquishing it. It was a two-man race down the stretch, and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. got his first Breeders' Cup win on his birthday.
Fort Larned jumped out to an early lead over Mucho Macho Man, and was able to hold off the late charge to win by a head. Trainer Ian Wilkes was in charge of the winning horse, and he also claimed his first Cup win.
Bob Baffert and Game On Dude can't seem to catch a break. The odds-on favorite stumbled out of the gate and couldn't make a late charge around the final turn to contend with the first and second place finishers. He would finish in 7th.
A $5 million purse was awarded to the winning jockey and trainer team. Here's a complete list of the money made on the field in the Classic, complete with other parlay bets and the amount you won if bold enough to lay down some cash.
|11||Mucho Macho Man||$6.60||$4.60|
|$2 Daily Double||2-4||55.80|
|$1 Daily Double||L. CLASSIC/CLASSIC 6-4||31.50|
|$1 Super High Five||4-11-2-10-9||14,024.60|
|$1 Pick 3||9-2-4 (3 correct)||420.10|
|$0.50 Pick 4||7-9-2-4 (4 correct)||5,647.40|
|$2 Pick 6||11-4-7-9-2-4 (5 correct)||2,712.00|
|$2 Pick 6||11-4-7-9-2-4 (6 correct)||419,245.40|
It was a great weekend to bet underdog at Santa Anita. Very few favorites were able to consistently win races, and the final event was no exception.
In what was a great reminder towards not underestimating the rest of the field, Fort Larned gave us one final exclamation point on what was a crazy betting weekend in Los Angeles.
Information from BreedersCup.com and ESPN.com was used to compile this report.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R and a member of the site's Breaking News Team.