The Breeders' Cup Classic is arguably the biggest horse race of the year, and unsurprisingly, this year's version has a loaded field.
While the Triple Crown might get more publicity, the final race of the two-day event features a $5 million guaranteed purse and some of the fastest horses in the world.
Game On Dude comes in as the favorite, but any of the 11 horses are capable of making their way into the winner's circle. Here is a look at the 2013 entries with extra analysis on the biggest favorites.
|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||Katherine 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. Lukas||12-1|
|11||Ron the Greek (Scratched)||Jose Lescano||William Mott||-|
|12||Flat Out||Joel Rosario||William Mott||12-1|
Game On Dude
Few horses in the country have been better lately than Game On Dude. The horse has dominated recent competition, winning his last six races, including three Grade 1 events.
Of course, his racing team is looking for some redemption after the last loss, which occurred a year ago at the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. Game On Dude entered the race as the favorite but was only able to finish in seventh place.
However, the thoroughbred has finished in first place in all seven other races he has entered at Santa Anita Park, and this experience will help on this 1.25-mile race.
With loads of speed, ability and proven success, this Bob Baffert-trained horse will be tough to beat.
Mucho Macho Man
While Mucho Macho Man does not always finish in first, you can almost guarantee that he will be among the leaders at the finish line.
In 22 career starts, he has gotten at least third place 18 times. This includes 10 of the last 11 races, as well as a third-place finish at the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
Additionally, Mucho Macho Man is coming off a big win at the Grade 1 Awesome Again race that took place in September at Santa Anita Park.
After finishing in second place at this race last year, you can assume that he will be one of the top finishers once again.
Last year's winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic will be gunning for a second consecutive title this time around. The last horse to accomplish this feat was Tiznow in 2000 and 2001.
Still, it is important to note that Fort Larned is not a one-hit wonder. He has 10 career wins, including seven in the past two years. According to the 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings, he was the second-best horse in the United States behind Wise Dan.
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. has been very aggressive throughout his career, especially on this horse. He will go hard early and likely either get to first place or crash and burn while trying.
Either way, Fort Larned is certainly a competitor to watch in this prestigious race.
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