This year’s field is widely regarded as one of the most wide open fields ever assembled, where every horse has a legit shot to win if they run their best race. A little bit of racing luck and post positions likely will have a major say in the result. Game On Dude opened as the favorite at The Breeders Cup based on his undefeated record this year, and becoming only the second horse ever to sweep California’s three Grade 1 handicaps: The Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Pacific Classic, all in the same year.
The top four finishers from last year’s race – Fort Larned, Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, and Ron the Greek, are all back for this year’s race, along with last year’s favorite, Game On Dude. Game On Dude’s trainer Bob Baffert has been adamant in his praise for the gelding, who is undefeated in five starts in 2013, and insists he is a different horse from last year.
Another important thing to note is the age of some of these horses. A few of the major contenders are getting up there in racing age. Game On Dude (6 years old), Ron the Greek (6 years old), and Flat Out (7 years old). No 6-year-old or older has ever won the Breeder’s Cup Classic.
If horse racing betting is your thing, this is a great race to satisfy that craving. The field of 12 has been set with Game On Dude, installed as the 8-5 favorite, drawing well in post 9, while Ron the Greek and Flat Out will be side by side on the outside in posts 11 and 12.
“Last year, forget about,” Baffert said. “He’s a different horse this year. He’s in the zone right now. I like his post; I just didn’t want him drawing on the inside. Last year, he ran a big race in the Awesome Again. He puts a lot into his races and ran so hard in the prep. He gets a little light, so we decided to run a fresh horse this year.”
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