The 2012 Breeders' Cup held another exciting day at the track, with upsets ruling the day as usual.
The Classic held a competitive group of horses for a $2.5 million win with a 9-1 shot left no doubt from start to finish. On the other hand, the one-and-a-half-mile turf run was thought to be a two-horse race, but one of them never showed up.
Scroll down for the top storyline of this year's Breeders' Cup
Fort Larned: 9-1 Underdog to Classic Winner
Fort Larned led at the first turn and never gave in, beating Mucho Macho Man by a half-length and the $2.7 million prize. The Breeders’ Cup tweeted out the results:
The four-year-old colt made the few people involved very fortunate to be in the limelight. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. got the best 27th birthday present he could’ve asked for: his horse running the race of his life. Trainer Ian Wilkes beat out two Hall of Famers Bob Baffert and Bill Mott for his first Classic victory.
Wise Dan Makes Case for Horse of the Year
Wise Dan was arguably ranked neck-and-neck with Game On Dude for the Horse of the Year Award. The latter raced like a title was on the line, winning the mile turf run, his third victory on the grass.
Rather than coming from big-money training like Game On Dude with Bob Baffert, Wise Dan comes from a blue-collar group. His trainer, Charlie Lopresti, was able to keep his horse in racing shape to be a consistent force on the Santa Anita turf.
Wise Dan would finish with a time of 1:31—the second-fastest in Breeders’ Cup history.
Game On Dude Finishes Seventh
The prohibitive favorite brought more than a few pre-race storylines along with his hooves at this Breeders’ Cup. He came off a step slow at the start and dropped from contention after final turn, finishing with a seventh-place finish.
The Baffert-trained colt had won four stakes headed into the Classic, but you would’ve never known from the race he ran.
There wasn’t much to be excited about from Game On Dude’s camp. Their horse went from star to middle of the pack in one fell swoop.