Mucho Macho Man captures Breeders' Cup Classic
Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mucho Macho Man, second last year, took the lead at the top of stretch and held off Will Take Charge to capture the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic to conclude the 30th World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
The 2013 Breeders' Cup offered several opportunities for horses to repeat in their championship races, including the Classic, and three took advantage.
However, in the Classic, defending winner Fort Larned could not avail himself of that chance. Neither could last year's favorite Game On Dude, making his third start in the race.
Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert, was sent off as the 17-10 favorite in the 11-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile stakes. Mucho Macho Man, who lost by a half-length in 2012, was the 4-1 second pick.
Game On Dude was right on the pace with 2012 champ Fort Larned and Travers runner-up Moreno.
Coming out of the final turn, Mucho Macho Man took the lead with 6-1 third choice Declaration of War on his inside along with Fort Larned. Game On Dude, ridden by Mike Smith, dropped out of contention entering the stretch.
Mucho Macho Man, with Gary Stevens in the saddle, drove through the stretch as Declaration of War and Travers winner Will Take Charge surged toward the leader.
Owned by Reeves Thoroughbreds, Mucho Macho Man put his nose on the wire ahead of Will Take Charge followed by Declaration of War.
"I really thought he got him," said Dean Reeves thinking his horse had lost.
Finishing fourth was Fort Larned followed by Last Gunfighter, Palace Malice, Paynter, Flat Out, Game On Dude, Moreno and Planteur. Ron the Greek was scratched with an injury.
Mucho Macho Man covered the Classic on a fast track in 2:00.72.
"He ran fantastic," trainer Kathy Ritvo said.
Mucho Macho Man earned $2.7 million to more than double his bankroll to $5.3 million. The 5-year-old has won eight of 23 lifetime starts.
Mucho Macho Man returned $10.00, $4.60 and $3.60. Will Take Charge paid $7.20 and $4.80, and Declaration of War paid $4.80 to show.
Immediately preceding the Classic, reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan made a successful defense of his 2012 victory in the $2 million Mile.
Ridden by Jose Lezcano for the injured John Velazquez, Wise Dan came charging between horses down the stretch to register a three-quarters length win over 18-1 longshot Za Approval.
Finishing third was 31-1 outsider Silentio followed by Silver Max, early pacesetter Obviously, No Jet Lag, Cristoforo Colombo, He Be Fire N Ice, Olympic Glory and Bright Thought.
Wise Dan, trained by Charles LoPresti, went off as the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field and stopped the timer at 1:32.47 on a firm course.
The 6-year-old added $1.1 million to his bankroll. Wise Dan has won 19-of-27 career starts for $6.3 million. He has won six of seven this year and 11 of his last 13 starts.
Wise Dan returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Za Approval paid $8.40 and $5.80, and Silentio paid $9.00 to show.
The nine championship races began with longshot Ria Antonia being declared the winner of the $2 million Juvenile Fillies after She's A Tiger was disqualified.
Trained by Jeremiah Englehart and ridden by Javier Castellano, Ria Antonia, a 32-1 longshot in the 10-horse field, caught the front runner She's A Tiger coming to the wire in the 1 1/16-mile race.
She's A Tiger came out to bump Ria Antonia nearing the finish and put her nose on the wire first. Rosalind finished third and 5-2 favorite Sweet Reason was fourth.
Artemis Agrotera was fifth followed by Scandalous Act, Designer Legs, Untapable and Concave.
An objection and inquiry followed. The stewards disqualified She's A Tiger and placed her second behind Ria Antonia.
The time for the Juvenile Fillies was 1:43.02 on a fast track.
Ria Antonia, a daughter of Rockport Harbor, earned $1.1 million with the victory. The 2-year-old filly notched her second win in five starts and now has earnings of $1,156,140.
The filly had her first three starts at Woodbine in Toronto and was coming off a fourth at Belmont Park in the Frizette Stakes.
Ria Antonia returned $66.60, $29.80 and $17.40. She's A Tiger paid $6.40 and $4.80, Rosalind paid $6.80 to show.
During the race Secret Compass, trained by Bob Baffert, was injured, vanned off and later euthanized. Her jockey John Velazquez was seriously injured and taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery to have his spleen removed.
Post-time favorite Dank held off a hard running Romantica nearing the wire to win the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf.
Ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Michael Stoute, Dank stalked the pace set by Emollient in the 1 1/4-mile race. The European invader drew even with Emollient on the final turn and had the lead at the top of the stretch.
The 4-year-old filly, the 3-2 favorite in the 10-horse field, was able to hold off Romantica approaching the finish and post a half-length win. Alterite was third with Emollient holding on for fourth.
Rounding out the order of finish was last year's runner-up Marketing Mix, Tiz Flirtatious, Laughing, Lady of Shamrock, Kitten's Dumplings and Qushchi.
The time for the Filly & Mare Turf was 1:58.73 on a firm course.
Owned by Mrs. James Wigan, Dank increased her bankroll by $1.1 million to $1,785,021. The filly has won seven of 12 career starts.
Dank returned $5.00, $3.40 and $2.80. Romantica paid $5.20 and $4.00, and Alterite paid $7.00 to show.
The first chance of the day to repeat in a race was gladly accepted. Groupie Doll, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, successfully defended her title in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint.
Trained by co-owner Buff Bradley, Groupie Doll came from off the pace in the seven-furlong sprint to post a neck victory over Judy the Beauty. Dance Card was third with Summer Applause fourth in the 12-horse field.
Rounding out the finish were Sweet Lulu, Dance to Bristol, Great Hot, Teddy's Promise, Book Review, Renee's Titan, Ismene and Starship Truffles.
Groupie Doll, last year's 7-10 favorite, went off at 3-1 as she stopped the timer at 1:20.75 just off her winning 2012 time of 1:20.72.
Groupie Doll adds $550,000 to her earnings. The 5-year-old mare has won 11 of 20 career starts for more than $2.4 million. Last year's champion Female Sprinter was making just her fourth start of 2013.
Groupie Doll paid $8.00, $4.60 and $3.40. Judy the Beauty returned $9.20 and $5.40, and Dance Card paid $4.80 to show.
It was then back-to-back repeats as Mizdirection won her second $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Mizdirection again came flying down the middle of the turf course. The win was the third of the weekend for the Hall of Fame jockey.
Trained by Mike Puype, Mizdirection was sitting just off pacesetter Reneesgotzip, last year's third-place horse, and this year's 9-2 second choice.
Mizdirection was third at the top of the stretch and drove past the leader and won by a half-length. Reneesgotzip finished in a dead heat with 18-1 longshot Tightend Touchdown for place. Unbridled's Note, last year's runner-up, finished fourth in the 13-horse field.
Completing the order of finish were Dimension, Rock Me Baby, Jeranimo, Handsome Mike, Chips All In, Havelock, Spring to the Sky, Boat Trip and Capo Bastone. Caracortado was scratched with a quarter crack in the right front hoof.
Mizdirection covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:12.25. Last year she won in 1:11.39.
A 5-year-old mare, Mizdirection picked up $550,000 with the win and gave Smith his 20th career Breeders' Cup victory. On Friday, the Hall of Fame rider won the Marathon and Juvenile Turf.
Mizdirection has won 11-of-17 lifetime starts for more than $1.7 million. She is perfect in seven starts at 6 1/2 furlongs.
Mizdirection returned $7.40, $4.40 and $3.40. Reneesgotzip paid $3.60 and $4.80, and Tightend Touchdown paid $6.80 and $8.60.
New Year's Day rallied down the stretch to capture the $2 million Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.52 over a fast track.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, New Year's Day was sitting well off the pace. The early leaders were Conquest Titan, Rum Point, Strong Mandate and 5-2 favorite Havana.
Havana took the lead on the final turn and opened a clear lead at the top of the stretch. New Year's Day, 10-1 on the board, came flying down the lane to catch Havana and post a 1 1/4-length win.
Strong Mandate was third and Bond Holder was fourth in the 13-horse field. Completing the order of finish were Tap It Rich, Mexikoma, We Miss Artie, Dance With Fate, Diamond Bachelor, Smarty's Echo, Medal Count, Rum Point and Conquest Titan. Cleburne was an early scratch.
Owned by Gary and Mary West, New Year's Day added $1.1 million with his second win in three starts. The 2-year-old colt has banked $1,154,000.
The victory, his first in a stakes, makes New Year's Day the early favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby.
New Year's Day returned $23.00, $9.20 and $6.60. Havana paid $4.60 and $3.40, and Strong Mandate paid $6.00 to show.
The $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf offered another chance for a repeat winner.
However, it was Irish thoroughbred Magician rallying through the stretch to capture the Turf instead of defending champ Little Mike.
Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Magician was racing well off the lead, but was able to make up multiple lengths the final furlong. He ran down 3-2 favorite The Fugue in the final yards to post a half-length win.
Indy Point finished third in the 12-horse field followed by 2012 runner-up Point of Entry, Vagabond Shoes, Twilight Eclipse, Little Mike, Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution, Skyring, Teaks North and Tale of a Champion.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Magician ran the 1 1/2 miles in 2:23.23.
Owned by Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, Magician earned $1.65 million. The 3-year-old colt has banked nearly $2 million in eight starts with four wins.
Magician returned $27.00, $11.80 and $7.00. The Fugue paid $4.40 and $3.00, and Indy Point paid $5.40 to show.
Secret Circle, ridden by Martin Garcia, surged through the stretch to win the $1.5 million Sprint. The 4-year-old covered the six furlongs in 1:08.73.
Secret Circle, owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, was racing sixth in the 12-horse field. Winner of the 2011 Juvenile Sprint, Secret Circle came roaring down the stretch to overtake Gentlemen's Bet.
Trainer Bob Baffert's horse registered a neck victory over Laugh Track with Gentlemen's Bet third and Majestic Stride fourth.
Rounding out the finish were Justin Phillip, Bahamian Squall, Fast Bullet, Wine Police, Trinniberg, Private Zone, The Lumber Guy and Sum of the Parts.
Secret Circle picked up $825,000 with the win. The colt, making just his second 2013 start, has earned $1.9 million with seven wins in nine career starts.
Last year he was second in the Arkansas Derby after winning the Rebel Stakes and a division of the Southwest Stakes.
Secret Circle paid $7.00, $4.80 and $3.60. Laugh Track returned $13.40
and $8.60, and Gentlemen's Bet paid $7.00 to show.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Santa Anita Park.
11/03 01:45:07 ET