Day two of the 28th Breeders' Cup World Championships took place Saturday at Churchill Downs before a crowd of 65,143 enjoying partly sunny and temperatures in the 60's. The main track was listed as good at the start of the card but upgraded to fast in time for the Sprint, while the turf remained good.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) is the richest race in North America, featuring top older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the main track, in a race that often decides Horse of the Year. Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Flat Out was sent off as the 7-2 favorite in the field of 12 over 4-1 Havre de Grace, the filly taking on males after winning the Woodward (G1) and Beldame (G1), and 5-1 So You Think, trying dirt for the first time after a close second in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot.
14-1 Game On Dude went to the lead first time past the stands and set fractions of 23.61, 47.84, and 1:12,82 while stalked by 11-2 fourth choice Uncle Mo. Turning for home, Game On Dude continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:38.27. 15-1 Drosselmeyer, 9th early, came out wide and closed down the center of the track to win by 1 1/2 length in 2:04.27. It was another length back to 17-1 Ruler on Ice, while favorite Flat Out was fifth.
On to Part 2 with the Mile, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Turf, and Turf Sprint
Friday races: Ladies' Classic, F/M Sprint, F/M Turf, Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Marathon