The Triple Crown races may be behind us, but 2013 Breeders' Cup is set to begin this weekend. No race will generate quite as much hype and attention as the 30th running of the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Eleven of the top horses in the world are slated to go toe-to-toe with supremacy on the line. The question is, how can you watch it all transpire and what do you need to know about the event?
According to BreedersCup.com, this is a Grade 1 event that will features horses that are three years and older. The distance of the race is 1.25 miles and it will hold a purse of $5.0 million.
Here's how you can watch it all transpire.
Date: Saturday Nov. 2
Time: 8:35 p.m. ET
Location: Arcadia, Calif.
|1.||Last Gunfighter||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||30-1|
|2.||Paynter||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|3.||Planteur (IRE)||Ryan Moore||Marco Botti||25-1|
|4.||Moreno||Joseph Talamo||Eric Guillot||22-1|
|5.||Declaration of War||Joseph O'Brien||Aidan O'Brien||8-1|
|6.||Mucho Macho Man||Gary Stevens||Katherine Ritvo||4-1|
|7.||Fort Larned||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes||11-2|
|8.||Palace Malice||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||11-1|
|9.||Game On Dude||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||11-4|
|10.||Will Take Charge||Luis Saez||D. Wayne Lukas||11-1|
|11.||Ron the Greek (SCRATCHED)||Jose Lezcano||Bill Mott||9-1|
|12.||Flat Out||Joel Rosario||Bill Mott||14-1|
Odds via Bovada
Late Scratch: Ron the Greek
Entering the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic, Bovada gave Ron the Greek odds of 9-1 to win it all. Only three horses had better odds than that 9-1 mark, which displayed just how realistic a shot the horse had at winning the title.
Unfortunately, Ron the Greek is now a late scratch due to a foot injury.
Ron the Greek out of @BreedersCup Classic w quarter crack, trainer Bill Mott confirms. Classic now is 11 horse field.— Jennie Rees (@CJ_Jennie) October 31, 2013
That's a disappointing turn of events, to say the least.
Alicia Wincze Hughes of The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Ron the Greek has a quarter crack in his right front foot. Trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Lezcano had high hopes, but they've been lost with this shocking news.
The end result will be dramatically reshaped by Ron the Greek's absence.
Horse to Watch: Fort Larned
One of the best things about the Breeders' Cup Classic is that competitors are not limited to one year of eligibility. That's the case with the Triple Crown races, which feature horses of a specific age.
In 2013, viewers will have the luxury of watching the 2012 champion look to defend its crown.
Fort Larned won in 2012 with Brian Hernandez Jr. as the jockey. Hernandez Jr. is back with Fort Larned in 2013 in hopes of recreating past success, and there's reason to believe that the duo will be able to do just that.
According to Bovada, Fort Larned has the third-best odds in this year's event at 11-2 behind Game On Dude at 11-4 and Mucho Macho Man at 4-1.
Having won this event before, there's an undeniable sense of intrigue that this horse is generating. As is life as a champion.
The door has been opened for a number of different horses to rise up and become forces in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic. There's a defending champion, a late scratch of a horse with favorable odds and a number of different competitors with proven track records.
My pick goes to the odds-on favorite: Mucho Macho Man.
Mucho Macho Man is led by jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Katherine Ritvo. Stevens, 50, is one of horse racing's true legends, having completed the career Triple Crown and owning eight Breeders' Cup titles to his name.
He'll add another Breeders' Cup Classic title to his trophy case while riding Mucho Macho Man this weekend.
Bovada has Mucho Macho Man as the 4-1 favorite to win the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic. This comes after he finished second at the event in 2012 and dominated the races leading up to the event in Santa Anita, California.
Anything could happen, but the odds-on-favorite has the look of a safe bet.