Saturday's 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic certainly lived up to the hype, as Mucho Macho Man won by a nose in a photo finish to claim more than half of the $5 million purse, per Breeders' Cup on Twitter:
Will Take Charge and Declaration of War came on strong late but had to settle for second and third, respectively.
Meanwhile, the odds-on favorite coming in, Game On Dude was never much of a factor, finishing ninth.
Here we'll review Saturday's Classic results and take a closer look at the top performers.
|1||Mucho Macho Man||4.00|
|2||Will Take Charge||8.60|
|3||Declaration of War||6.70|
|9||Game On Dude||1.70|
Win: Mucho Macho Man
One of the favorites coming into Saturday's Classic, Mucho Macho Man ran the stellar race that trainer Kathy Ritvo knew he was capable of and won with final odds at 4-1.
With the win, the five-year-old has now won two of his three career races at Santa Anita.
The victory also marks the first Breeders' Cup Classic triumph for 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens and is the first Classic win by a female trainer. ESPN sports business reporter breaks down Stevens' financial gains over the weekend:
According to Daily Racing Form on Twitter, Mucho Macho Man could return to defend his title next year:
Mucho Macho Man (1st): Potentially could return to race in 2014, plans to be announced. #BC13— DRFBreeding (@DRFBreeding) November 3, 2013
Place: Will Take Charge
Despite a disappointing run during last spring's Triple Crown, D. Wayne Lukas' Will Take Charge was able to shine at Santa Anita on Saturday, saving his burst for the end and nearly winning his third straight race.
Had the finish line been one stride later, he would have been the winner without question.
Although owner Willis D. Horton missed out on a ton of money, he's got to be pleased with Will Take Charge's performance on such a big stage.
With final odds close to 9-1, Will Take Charge was arguably the biggest overachiever this weekend.
Show: Declaration of War
Like Will Take Charge, Declaration of War was one of the few horses right in the thick of things on Saturday, coming on strong down the final stretch and nearly running down Mucho Macho Man at the last second.
Although he had to settle for third place, the result was an impressive one considering he hadn't raced since last August and was making his first trip to Santa Anita.
Trained by Aidan O'Brien and jockeyed by his son Joseph, Declaration of War has now finished third or better in 10 of his 13 career starts.
The four-year-old colt's final odds were roughly 13-2, making him the third favorite to win behind Game On Dude and Mucho Macho Man.
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