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2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championship “Win and You’re In” Mindless Statistics

2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championship “Win and You’re In” Mindless Statistics
About half of all “Win and You’re In” winners take home the trophy at the Breeders’ Cup World Championship. See past winners and WAYI statistics. Get to know Kari Ward as she covers the 2013 Breeders’ Cup. 

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championship series both days with my sister and we had a total blast. It was my first time to attend a “big time” racing event and I was more than thrilled. I kept my programs since we decided to attend this year for the 30th anniversary and I wanted keep track of the data and statistics from the races. I wrote down all off the top 3 finishers in each race and was starting to wonder how well the “Win and You’re In” horses did last year. The “Challenge” winners of each race are denoted by a marker in the program next to their name.

I’m going to list Friday and Saturday’s races from 2012 with the top three finishers of each race. Basically just the Win, Place & Show. As for the superfectas, I’m sure more hit the board. I will use an asterisk * by the names of the horses that won “Win and You’re In” races and will list the ones that didn’t crack the top three but raced below.


Breeders' Cup 2013

In 2012, there were 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races with 3 places to hit Win, Place & Show for a total of 42 spots. There were 41 “Win and You’re In” (WAYI) horses that made it to Santa Anita out of a total of 159 that showed up to race last year. The 41 “Win and You’re In” winners made up almost 25% of the field.
Photo: Kari Ward

Friday, November 1, 2012
Races 1-4 weren’t “Win and You’re In”

Race #5 – BC Marathon (Field of 14)
1. Calidoscopio (ARG)*
2. Grassy
3. Atigun
* only one “Win and You’re In” for the Marathon

Race #6 – BC Juvenile Fillies Turf (Field of 14)
1. Flotilla (FR)
2. Whatsdachances(IRE) *
3. Summer of Fun
* Sky Lantern (IRE)
* Spring Venture
* Moonwalk

Race #7 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (Field of 8)
1. Beholder
2. Executive Privilege *
3. Dreaming of Julia*
*Spring In The Air

Race #8 Filly & Mare Turf (Field of 12)
1. Zagora (FR)
2. Marketing Mix *
3. The Fugue (GR)
* Nahrain (GB)
* Ridasyna (FR)
* I’m a Dreamer (IRE)

Race #9 Ladies Classic (Field of 8)
1. Royal Delta *
2. My Miss Aurelia
3. Include Me Out *
*Love and Pride


Breeders' Cup 2013

Royal Delta and Mike Smith dominated the 2012 Ladies’ Classic and are back to prove themselves once agin in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championship.
Photo: Breeders’ Cup Photo ©

Saturday, November 2, 2012
Races 1-3 weren’t “Win and You’re In”

Race #4 – Juvenile Turf (Field of 14)
1. George Vancouver
2. Noble Tune *
3. Balance the Books *
* I’m Bound to Score

Race #5 – Filly & Mare Sprint (Field of 10)
1. Groupie Doll *
2. Dust & Diamonds *
3. Switch *
*Turbulent Descent

Race #6 – Dirt Mile (Field of 9)
1. Tapizar
2. Railtrip *
3. Delegation
*Jersey Town

Race #7 – Turf Sprint (Field of 14)
1. Mizdirection
2. Unbridled’s Note
3. Reneesgotzip
* Next Question was only “Win & You’re In” that showed up to race

Race #8 – Juvenile (Field of 9)
1. Shanghai Bobby *
2. He’s Had Enough
3. Capo Bastone
* Power Broker

Race #9 – Turf (Field of 12)
1. Little Mike *
2. Point of Entry *
3. St. Nicholas Abbey (IRE)
* Turbo Compressor

Breeders' Cup 2013

Mucho Macho Man and trainer Kathy Ritvo are back this year to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Classic after winning the “Win and You’re In” Awesome Again Stakes challenge race on September 28, 2013.
Photo: Kari Ward

Race #10 – Xpressbet Sprint (Field of 14)
1. Trinniberg
2. The Lumber Guy *
3. Smiling Tiger
* Sum of the Parts
* Gantry
* Coil

Race #11 – Mile (Field of 9)
1. Wise Dan *
2. Animal Kingdom
3. Obviously (IRE)
* Excelebration (IRE)
* Jeranimo

Race #12 – Classic (Field of 12)
1. Fort Larned *
2. Mucho Macho Man
3. Flat Out *
* Ron the Greek
* Game On Dude

In conclusion, there were 14 races with 3 places to hit Win, Place & Show for a total of 42 spots. There were 41 “Win and You’re In” (W&YI) horses that made it to Santa Anita out of a total of 159 that showed up to race last year that made up almost 25% of the field.

Out of those 41 winners: 7 horses were first, 8 were second, and 5 were third with 21 not hitting the board, or if they did, they hit the bottom of the superfecta. So 20 hit the board and 21 did not. However out of 14 races, 7 won. So approximately 50% of the WAYI horses hit the board.

The interesting one for me is Little Mike. He won a Challenge race last year and went off at 15-1 odds and I did not bet him. I had my money on Shareta (IR), Trailblazer (JP) & Slim Shadey, denied. The couple behind us hit win/place/show on Little Mike and were going nutz. They picked him because her husband’s name was Mike. Go figure. That is what I love about this sport though and what makes it so much fun. He won a “Win and You’re In” again this year so we’ll see how his odds stack up this time.

Last year at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championship my betting prowess wasn’t so hot. I hit an exacta on a pre-race on Saturday’s card. I won an exacta box on Wise Dan/Animal Kingdom and I missed the Trifecta on the Classic by leaving Fort Larned out (initially had him in) and was not happy about that one. This year I think I’m going to try and play a few pick 3’s and put money on horses to W/P and try that angle.

Breeders' Cup 2013

Kari Ward will travel to Santa Anita Park from Phoenix to cover and handicap the 2013 Breeders’ Cup.
Photo: Kari Ward

Since my wagering left a little to be desired for moi, it’s what propelled me to start following horseracing like a fiend this past year. Prior, since 2006, I’ve only watched and wagered the Triple Crown series and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. I really amped it up around the Triple Crown Trail this year and it only got more so with me writing for Lady and The Track. I can honestly say, this is a dream come true as it’s now my favorite sport and so much fun! I feel very blessed. I’m very thankful for Lady and The Track for trusting in me and allowing me to write for them. What a gift!

So why did I write this? I have no clue except numbers get to me sometimes and I’m a little superstitious about them. Take it for what it’s worth but with close to 50% of the “Win and You’re In” horses hitting the board last year, I’m going to look pretty close at the ones that won for the 2013 edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship. This year I’m going again with even more la familia and I can’t wait to see that beautiful track with the San Bernadino Mountains towering over it, hang at Clocker’s Corner early in the morning to watch the horses workout and go barnside to get lots of pictures. I also look forward to meeting new friends and hanging with some old ones. The “30th” Anniversary is going to be spectacular, let the racing and wagering begin. Hope to see you all there because the best is yet to come!