Mucho Macho Man outlasted the field to narrowly win the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Experienced jockey Gary Stevens led his horse on an outside move to pass the field late and then held off a few challengers on the final stretch to come away with a thrilling victory.
Will Take Charge appeared to have a chance late with a strong finish, but unfortunately, he simply ran out of room and finished in second place.
Declaration of War also ran a great race to finish in third place. Here is a full replay of the 2013 Classic:
These are the full results of the event:
|2013 Breeders' Cup Classic 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.|
Mucho Macho Man was one of the top contenders for this race after finishing in second place at this event a year ago. He was one of the most consistent competitors in the field with 18 top-three finishes out of 22 career starts, but this time, he was able to pull out the victory.
Interestingly, trainer Katherine Ritvo becomes the first female trainer ever to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, as noted by Daily Racing Form:
Still without a win at this event is legendary trainer Bob Baffert, who seemingly has won every other event in the sport.
His horse Game On Dude entered as the overwhelming favorite after winning the last six races he entered. However, he fell short on this prestigious event just like he did at this race last season.
Meanwhile, defending champion Fort Larned also struggled in this event after getting out to a strong start. He ended in fourth place, but this is still below expectations.
Still, the story of the day was Mucho Macho Man, who earned easily the best win of his career. His team will get the majority of the $5 million purse as well as bragging rights for the next year.
If he does return to Santa Anita Park a year from now, you can be certain he will be a top contender once again.
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