Breeders' Cup 2013 Results: Winner, Top Finishers and Order for Classic
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Mucho Macho Man won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday evening at Arcadia, Calif.'s Santa Anita Park in a thrilling photo finish, capping off the lucrative race's 30th edition in dramatic style.
What a race! Mucho Macho Man held off the pack to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) November 3, 2013
Will Take Charge lived up to his name down the final stretch but fell just shy and was a nose behind in second place. Declaration of War finished in third just a head off the pace to round out the competitors in the elite 11-horse field that finished in the money.
Jockey Gary Stevens—who came out of retirement this season after a seven-year hiatus—kept Mucho Macho Man on the pace throughout, and the three horses were separated by no more than a neck when they crossed the finish line.
Here is a quick look at the results:
|1||Mucho Macho Man||Gary Stevens||Kathy Ritvo||6|
|2||Will Take Charge||Luis Saez||D. Wayne Lukas||10|
|3||Declaration of War||Joseph O'Brien||Aidan O'Brien||5|
|4||Fort Larned||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes||7|
|5||Last Gunfighter||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||1|
|6||Palace Malice||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||8|
|7||Paynter||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||2|
|8||Flat Out||Joel Rosario||William Mott||12|
|9||Game On Dude||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||9|
|10||Moreno||Joseph Talamo||Eric Guillot||4|
|11||Planteur||Ryan Moore||Marco Botti||3|
*Ron the Greek was in post No. 11, but was scratched.
Kathy Ritvo, the trainer of Mucho Macho Man, has quite the comeback story herself, as the Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman pointed out afterward:
Mucho Macho Man completes the all-time comeback story at this year's BC for @HRTVGary and heart-transplant survivor Kathy Ritvo. Great race— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) November 3, 2013
This marks the first time a female trainer has entered a victorious Breeders' Cup Classic horse, as Mucho Macho Man avenged last year's close runner-up finish to get to the winner's circle.
In the 1.25-mile jaunt, defending champion Fort Larned was maintaining the pace well at around the three-quarter-mile mark but faded down the final stretch and wound up finishing just outside the money in fourth. Fort Larned was 3.5 lengths off the pace that the top trio set.
For the second consecutive year, trainer Bob Baffert's Game On Dude was the odds-on favorite. The horse finished seventh in 2012 and came up short on this occasion, too, finishing in ninth after his own promising start.
Below is a summary of the payouts for the top three horses:
|Mucho Macho Man||$10||$4.60||$3.60|
|Will Take Charge||—||$7.20||$4.80|
|Declaration of War||—||—||$4.80|
After the race, Stevens and Ritvo shared a moment, and the 50-year-old jockey, who won the first Breeders' Cup Classic of his illustrious career, delivered a memorable, humorous quote:
"You just made an old man happy" said winning jockey 50 year old Gary Stevens after riding Mucho Macho Man to victory in the Breeders Cup.— Derek Thompson (@tommoracing) November 3, 2013
The moving story behind Mucho Macho Man, who came back from last year's adversity, combined with the resurgent Stevens and Ritvo's groundbreaking triumph make for a wonderful Classic winner.
Note: Statistics and information are courtesy of BreedersCup.com, unless otherwise indicated.
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