The 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic G1 race is the final event of the weekend and arguably the biggest competition of the calendar year in the sport of horse racing.
The 1 1/4-mile track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. is the perfect venue for such a momentous occasion, and the fans will be treated to a show that features all the best elements of each Triple Crown race.
Here is all the vital race information fans need and the horses set up for success in Saturday’s Classic G1 race.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2
Where: Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Watch: NBC (Breeders' Cup Classic) and NBC Sports Network (all other races)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
|1||Last Gunfighter||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||20-1|
|2||Paynter||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|3||Planteur||Ryan Moore||Marco Botti||20-1|
|4||Moreno||Joseph Talamo||Eric Guillot||15-1|
|5||Declaration Of War||Joseph O'Brien||Aidan O'Brien||10-1|
|6||Mucho Macho Man||Gary Stevens||Kathy Ritvo||5-1|
|7||Fort Larned||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes||6-1|
|8||Palace Malice||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||10-1|
|9||Game On Dude||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||8-5|
|10||Will Take Charge||Luis Saez||D. Wayne Lukas||12-1|
|11||Ron the Greek**||Jose Lezcano||William Mott||8-1|
|12||Flat Out||Joel Rosario||William Mott||12-1|
*Odds via Bovada.lv
Note: Ron The Greek scratched from Breeders' Cup Classic, via Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times.
Mucho Macho Man
The horse in the best position Saturday night is Mucho Macho Man. Not only is he running out of the No. 6 post, but he is also one of the fastest starters in the field and should be able to mount an early lead.
Most of the horses on the inside lanes will struggle at the start and fight to shuffle down to the rail. While those horses battle each other, Mucho Macho Man will hold his center line and move to the inside only after getting past traffic.
The real difference-maker will be jockey Gary Stevens. As one of the biggest stars the sport has ever seen, Stevens has dominated this track in the past and will look to gain another huge win to add to his already impressive resume.
All signs point to a great run Saturday for Mucho Macho Man.
Game On Dude
The betting favorite for Saturday’s G1 Classic is Game On Dude. While the post position at No. 9 isn’t ideal, the withdrawal of Ron The Greek (was supposed to start in the No. 11 post) from the event will open the track up for the horse to run clean to the lead from the outside.
Game On Dude was going to have to worry about three horses coming down on him and possibly pinching him out of the lead pack, but the lackluster starting speed of both Flat Out in the No. 12 post and Will Take Charge in the No. 10 post will give the favorite the outside line.
Trainer Bob Baffert will have the horse ready for this big race, and as long as jockey Mike Smith can keep him away from traffic around the outside, there is little doubt that Game On Dude will have a chance to steal the overall victory.
While most fans have not rushed to place a wager on Last Gunfighter, this is the most underrated bet of the Classic G1 race Saturday night. With the No. 1 post position, this horse has the unique opportunity to stick to the rail and take the inside lane all the way around.
Last Gunfighter is not a great starter, but with seven wins in his last nine races—including a huge victory at the Philip H. Iselin Stakes—he has the size and speed to steal the show at Santa Anita Park.
The horse also has the advantage of having a talented jockey like Javier Castellano on his back and trainer Chad Brown in his corner. At 20-1 odds in the main event of the Breeders’ Cup, this is a bet worth making.