A Breeders' Cup Classic to remember goes to Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Macho Man wins the Breeders' Cup Classic
Photo: Don August


Mucho Macho Man won North America's richest race on Saturday evening, capping a glorious weekend of World Championship racing at Santa Anita.


The winner ran the race of his life, taking command of the Breeders' Cup Classic at the head of the stretch, but needed every bit of his long stride reaching out to the wire, as both Will Take Charge and Declaration of War charged at him from the outside.


As the determined trio hit the wire, Mucho Macho Man had won it by a diminishing nose, with Will Take Charge a fast closing second on the far outside, and the European invader, Declaration of War in between the two, and just a neck short of the win.


After Kristin Chenoweth sang a rendition of "The Best Is Yet to Come", which received mixed reviews, while the field of eleven were led onto the track, the well behaved group broke smoothly from the starting gate. Mucho Macho Man broke alertly near the lead, before grabbing a nice stalking position in fifth on the outside, with Fort Larned, Moreno, and Game On Dude setting a solid early pace.


The Kathy Ritvo trained runner moved smoothly down the backstretch, as he continued to stay in striking distance of the leaders. Getting his cue from his veteran rider, Gary Stevens, the son of Macho Uno moved powerfully to the lead as the field straightened out for the stretch run.


Fort Larned offered the only resistance of the front runners, but the winner quickly put him away as he braced for the challenge coming from the outside.


“This was a tremendous experience to win this race at my age (50). I never expected to be in this situation," said Stevens. "This is the ultimate feeling. It’s the icing on the cake of my career.” 

Game On Dude, the 8-5 favorite, making his third attempt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and for the second consecutive time as the favorite, had little left for the stretch run, becoming the first horse ever to be defeated as the Classic favorite more than once, as he struggled home to a ninth place finish.

Mucho Macho Man ran the ten furlongs of the Classic in 2:00.72 over the fast main track at the Great Race Place. The showcase event of the two-day racing bonanza, that was shown in prime time to a national television audience, became the 8th, and easily most important, victory in 23 lifetime starts.

The 5-year-old colt paid $10.00 for the win.

As for Will Take Charge, the heartbreaking loss continued an excellent string of races to close his sophomore campaign. He may not have won the big prize, but his nose defeat could very well be enough to cement the Eclipse Award as the year's Outstanding Three-year-old Male. The spoils go to the victors, though, and Mucho Macho Man is now a Breeders' Cup Classic champion.


Only one race after finally earning his first grade one victory, the Reeves Racing star is now assured of one Eclipse Award, but also joins Wise Dan in the race for Horse of the Year, and he could not have done it in more exciting fashion.





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So you only print for the skeptical public.
Every race's photo encompasses the entire field even in the last horse is 100 lengths out of it....A strip is shown to the placing judge who calls out the official order of finish, SO every horse, every race is photographed
When there’s a close finish for 5th in a race without top 5 betting, is the decision rendered sans photo for purposes of distributing the purse?
We are adding some DUMB top 5 bet on the nightcap....Created a photo ofr 5th for only the 4th time in 5 years as a result of this silliness
KathleenBlmonte, cheers, I am brain dead.
On friday,my friend hit the Super high 5.it was a 50 cent wager.
To LAZMANNIK. if I tried to keep up with you, I'd be brain dead.
If what you say is true, then my "group" bet a $1 Super High Five on the Classic, which must've been the minimal bet(versus 50 cents the day before), because that showed the payoffs for a $1. We just missed the payoff, for we had 5-6/5-6/ALL/ALL/ALL. Had we been able to halve the bet, we might've also done a: 5-6/ALL/5-6/ALL/ALL. Thanks for your feedback. One note before I go. The result chart sometimes shows a payoff for a $1(say Superfecta), yet the payoff is more than the pool. That is because the only bets that won, were of the nature of 10 cents(or a bet that was less than a $1, but of a denomination divisible by 10 cents).
There is a minimal bet of 50 cents for Super High Five, as well as 50 cents for Pick 3 and Trifecta. The result chart will always show the original minimal bet, which in this case, it is 1 dollar. You can see this information on the Santa Anita website under result charts for that day.
I follow your train of thought, but there is no minimal bet of 50 cents. So, if there was one winner, that would reflect the track's take deducted from the total pool, which amounts to 23% of the pool(18,000 divided by 78,000), and the payout would be for the minimal $1 bet.
@CFC, there is only 1 winner ($0.50 ticket) in the Super High-5 last Friday. It paid $60,000 and the total pool was only $78,000. While on Saturday, there were multiple winners which paid $17,000 for $1.00 dollar ticket. The total pool for Super High Five was $ 403,000.
I guess to further clarify, was there different denominations for the same bet on the two days in question(this question was given to me as some sort of a stumper question, that does have an answer, which I do not know).
Bettor's question: Does anyone know why the Super High 5 on Friday(Race 9) shows a 50 cent payoff, yet the Super High Five on Saturday(Race 12) shows a $1 payoff?
Well deserved and amazing force Macho had. I was totally impressed with Will Take Charge! I was dizzy by the end of the night...
I collapsed too after my 19th Vodka and Tonic.
Laz,add me to that list,i collapsed after Shes A Tiger.
The pace collapsed in the Juvenile Filly, Juvenile Colt, Sprint and the Classic.
Only real pace collapse all day long was it not?
War was as game as they come
IF,IF,IF, and another IF. IF MMM and WTC get ground saving trips they run away with it.D.O.W ran monster,he does not need any excuses.

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