Breeders' Cup 2012 Results: Most Disappointing Finishes at Santa Anita Park

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Breeders' Cup 2012 Results: Most Disappointing Finishes at Santa Anita Park
Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

While Fort Larned received all the glory at the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, several other horses had extremely disappointing days. 

Ian Wilkes and Brian Hernandez Jr. are celebrating their victory, while Mucho Macho Man and Flat Out made their teams proud. Here is the full finishing order via Breederscup.com.

1. Fort Larned
2. Mucho Macho Man
3. Flat Out
4. Ron the Greek
5. Richard's Kid
6. Nonios
7. Game On Dude
8. Pool Play
9. Handsome Mike
10. To Honor and Serve
11. Brilliant Speed
12. Alpha

The top-three horses made history, but the owners and trainers for the rest of the contenders all must look forward to future races and try to forget this disappointing result. Here are the thoroughbreds whose performances will be the most difficult to move on from.

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Game on Dude

Bob Baffert had everything going in his favor before the race, and nothing worked out once the gates opened. 

Game on Dude had never lost at Santa Anita, finished second at last year's Breeders' Cup Classic and was the post-time favorite. But once the horses started running, Baffert's thoroughbred never had a chance. 

This was the most disappointing result by a wide margin, as Game on Dude crossed the finish line in seventh place. The gap between expectations and results was massive for Baffert on Saturday. 

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Alpha

As one of the thoroughbreds that raced in this year's Kentucky Derby, Alpha really should have put on a better performance. 

But Kiaran McLaughlin's horse never factored into this race at all and finished in dead last. While challenging to win, place or show may never have been in the cards for Alpha, it certainly could have done better than 12th place. 

This continues a poor track record for Alpha in major races, and this thoroughbred needs to try and break this trend. 

 

To Honor and Serve

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Bill Mott had three horses in this race. Flat Out took third, Ron the Greek finished fourth and To Honor and Serve turned in the most disappointing result of the day by coming in 10th. 

To Honor and Serve is another thoroughbred for which a top-three finish was likely out of the question, but Mott was certainly hoping for a more impressive result. 

While the accomplished trainer had a fine day due to his other two horse's finishes, this will not be a day he looks back on fondly in regards to his time with To Honor and Serve. 

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