Day two of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships took place Saturday at Santa Anita before a crowd of 55,123 enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's. Again the main track was fast and the turf course was firm, as is typical for the autumn meet formerly known as Oak Tree.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) features the best older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the main track in a race that generally decides the champion older male and often Horse of the Year. Awesome Again (G1) winner Game On Dude was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 12 over 6-1 Flat Out, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and 13-2 Mucho Macho Man, second in the Woodward (G1) after winning the Suburban (G2).
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. sent 9-1 Fort Larned to the lead and he set fractions of 23.20, 46.50, and 1:10.12 while pressed by Mucho Macho Man and 16-1 To Honor and Serve. Near the end of the backstretch Fort Larned opened up a 2 1/2 length lead, getting 1 mile in 1:34.66. Mucho Macho Man rallied and closed the gap at the 3/16 pole, but Fort Larned outfinished him by 1/2 a length in 2:00.11. It was a long 6 1/2 lengths back to Flat Out third.
On to Part 2 with the Mile, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Turf, Filly and Mare Sprint, and Turf Sprint
Friday races: Ladies' Classic, F/M Turf, Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile Fillies Turf, Marathon, and Juvenile Sprint
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