Although the Triple Crown races get more publicity, the Breeders' Cup is the best and most prestigious set of horse races of the year.
With $25.5 million on the line across 15 races, everyone involved gave their best effort to come out on top.
Fort Larned had the biggest payday after winning the Classic. However, there were a number of horses that made an impact—both positive and negative—during this two-day event.
It came into the race tied with Flat Out for the second-best odds of winning, but jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. held on for the win.
Although it seemed like Mucho Macho Man was going to pass Fort Larned on the final stretch, the horse named after a fort in Kansas did what was necessary to earn the biggest win of the year.
It came on for the lead around the final turn and was able to hold off the favorite, Point of Entry, in the final stretch to win the $3 million purse.
Considering Little Mike came into the race with 12-1 odds, this was a nice payday for anyone who bet on the upset.
The Argentine horse was behind for most of the 1.75-mile course, but it came back in the final stretch to earn a convincing win at the end.
There is likely not much racing ahead for the nine-year-old, but everyone involved should be proud of a great performance.
Game On Dude
Game On Dude was the overwhelming favorite of the Classic coming into the race. By the time the horses posted, the odds had dropped to 7-5. Considering it finished second in last year's Classic and had never lost on this track, that seemed fitting.
Unfortunately, jockey Rafael Bejarano could not get his horse to do any better than seventh.
This was Baffert's best opportunity to win his first Breeders' Cup Classic to go with 10 Triple Crown races, but he will have to keep searching.
Point of Entry
Point of Entry pushed late, but was unable to catch up with Little Mike to take home the victory.
The horse had become the favorite after winning five of its six races this year, but it was unable to cash in when it counted.
However, Merit Man was only able to come in second in the short race. The even is only six furlongs, so a single misstep is enough to cost you everything, and that is exactly what happened for the favorite.
Hightail ended with the very narrow win and the most prize money in the race.