Breeders' Cup 2013 Prize Money: Purse Distribution for Mucho Macho Man and Field

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 2, 2013

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Jockey Gary Stevens celebrates atop Mucho Macho Man after winning the Classic during the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has enough career earnings that he probably could have retired a long time ago (well, he did for while), but he's about to receive another major raise. 

Stevens rode Mucho Macho Man to a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday night, holding off Will Take Charge by a nose in an absolutely thrilling race to take home the majority of the massive $5 million purse. 

Here's a look at the complete prize money list following the richest race—the purse for the Breeders' Cup Classic is more than the three Triple Crown races combined—of the season.

Note: Purse info courtesy of BreedersCup.com; $400,000 goes to Travel Awards

Purse Distribution
PlaceHorseJockeyTrainerPrize Money
1Mucho Macho ManGary StevensKathy Ritvo$2,750,000
2Will Take ChargeLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas$900,000
3Declaration of WarJoseph O'BrienAidan O'Brien$500,000
4Fort LarnedBrian Hernandez Jr.Ian Wilkes$300,000
5Last GunfighterJavier CastellanoChad Brown$150,000
6Palace MaliceRafael BejaranoTodd Pletcher
7PaynterMartin GarciaBob Baffert
8Flat OutJoel RosarioWilliam Mott
9Game On DudeMike SmithBob Baffert
10MorenoJoseph TalamoEric Guillot
11PlanteurRyan MooreMarco Botti
BreedersCup.com

For the 50-year-old Stevens, who has won nine Triple Crown races and has countless Grade 1 Stakes wins, this was the one race that always alluded his resume. 

But after getting out to a sizable lead on the final stretch, he and Mucho Macho Man, a five-year-old who had won just one Grade 1 race in his career, were able to hold off a flying Luis Saez and Will Take Charge in what turned out to be a photo finish.

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Mucho Macho Man (right), riden by Gary Stevens crosses the finish line ahead of Will Take Charge, riden by Luis Saez and Declaration of War, riden by Joseph O'Brien, to win the Breeders' Cup Classic during the 2013 Breeders' Cu
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Perhaps this was the race to push Stevens back into the analyst booth. 

Of course, he's not the only one getting a part of the huge purse. 

Trainer Katherine Ritvo, who amazingly underwent a heart transplant in 2008, became the first woman ever to train a Breeders' Cup Classic winner. She is one of the best stories of the year in all of sports and deserves this moment—and this prestigious award—as much as anyone. 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, which was founded in 2009, owns Mucho Macho Man.