Mucho Macho Man earned his handlers a nice payday by storming to a victory in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.:
What a race! Mucho Macho Man held off the pack to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) November 3, 2013
The winning veteran jockey Gary Stevens rode his horse to the finish line in a thriller fitting of the race's "Classic" moniker. But most importantly, he ensured that he and the horse's handlers will receive the lion's share of the incredible $5 million purse for outrunning the rest of the pack.
|2013 Breeders' Cup Purse Distribution|
|1st||Mucho Macho Man||$2,750,000|
|2nd||Will Take Charge||$900,000|
|3rd||Declaration of War||$500,000|
Not only did Much Macho Man captivate those who watched the race by narrowly holding off Will Take Charge down the final stretch, but he also made history. Trainer Kathy Ritvo became the first female to train a Classic champion, per Jennie Rees of The Courier-Journal:
Mucho Macho Man and 50yo grandad Gary Stevens by nose win #BreedersCup Classic. Kathy Ritvo 1st female to train Classic winner.— Jennie Rees (@CJ_Jennie) November 3, 2013
Mucho Macho Man's trainer, owner and jockey weren't the only ones with a stock in his performance, though. Bettors who decided to back Stevens and his horse will also walk away from the final major race of the season satisfied.
Here were the payouts for the top three finishers from Santa Anita:
|Breeders' Cup Classic Payouts|
|Mucho Macho Man||$10.00||$4.60||$3.60|
|Will Take Charge||$7.20||$4.80|
|Declaration of War||$4.80|
Fort Larned, the 2012 Classic champion, was able to get his owner a share of the purse with a fourth-place finish but didn't factor into the exciting dash to the finish line between Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Declaration of War.
Post-time favorite Game On Dude struggled to a ninth-place finish. With a disappointing performance from the betting favorite, a bit of history and a photo finish, the high-stakes Classic had a little bit of everything that makes horse racing great.