Post positions drawn for 29th Breeders' Cup
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Game On Dude, runner-up in 2011, returns for another try in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in this year's 15-race World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
The 29th Breeders' Cup, worth a total of $26 million, will be conducted on Friday and Saturday.
The post positions for all 15 races were drawn Monday at Santa Anita, with the morning line also revealed. This is the sixth year the Breeders' Cup will be held over two days, with six championship races run Friday and the remaining nine conducted on Saturday.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude is the 9-5 favorite for the 1 1/4-mile Classic. The 5-year-old gelding will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano from post five in the 12-horse field.
Here is the field for the Classic in post position order: Pool Play, Miguel Mena, 30-1: Flat Out, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Alpha, Ramon Dominguez, 20-1; Fort Larned, Brian Hernandez, Jr., 5-1; Game On Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5 Brilliant Speed, Junior Alvarado, 20-1; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Nonios, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Richard's Kid, Garrett Gomez, 12-1; Ron the Greek, Jose Lezcano, 6-1; Mucho Macho Man, Mike Smith, 8-1; To Honor and Serve, John Velazquez, 8-1.
Top-rated thoroughbred Wise Dan is the 9-5 favorite in a field of nine for the $2 million Mile on Santa Anita's grass course. Wise Dan, winner of the Woodbine Mile, will break from post two with John Velazquez riding.
Friday's first day of racing will conclude with the $2 million, 1 1/8-mile Ladies' Classic. Defending champ Royal Delta will try to join Bayakoa as the only repeat winners of the race.
The 4-year-old filly is the 9-5 favorite and will break from post six in the eight-horse field. Last year she opened as the 5-2 second choice and went on to win by 2 1/2-lengths and was voted champion 3-year-old for the year.
The six races on Friday will begin at 4 p.m. (ET) with the Juvenile Sprint followed by the Marathon, Juvenile Fillies Turf, Juvenile Fillies, Filly & Mare Turf, and Ladies' Classic.
Saturday's nine championship races kickoff at 2:50 p.m. (ET) with the Juvenile Turf followed by the Filly & Mare Sprint, Dirt Mile, Turf Sprint, Juvenile, Turf, Sprint, Mile and Classic.
The 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships will also be held at Santa Anita Park.
10/29 21:03:26 ET