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2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic: Odds & Picks

2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic: Odds & Picks

Headlining the two-day 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championship at Santa Anita Park in sunny California on November 1st and 2nd is the $5 million prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic. All fourteen of the Breeders’ Cup races showcase the crème’ de la crème’ but the 1 ¼ mile dirt Classic draws in twelve of the world’s finest thoroughbreds.

Fort Larned 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic Contender

Fort Larned, 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic Contender, comes in with 6/1 odds and is one of Trixie’s top picks.
Photo: Breeders’ Cup Photo ©

The Classic receives more expert opinions than a brand new mom does in the presence of her mother-in-law. I’m no expert, but I am really feeling Fort Larned, Ron The Greek, and Flat Out. Those are definitely my brain’s top three picks but my heart tells me to go with Mucho Macho Man and Paynter. I’d love to see Mucho Macho Man and Paynter cross the finish line first and will probably put my shoe shopping money on them for the sheer fact that their back stories are sweet.

Reigning 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Fort Larned needs no introduction. The five-year-old most recently won the Homecoming Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs. Fort Larned also won the Stephen Foster Handicap this year, where my beloved Take Charge Indy was pulled back due to an injury. Fort Larned will break from post position #7 with 6/1 odds Brian Hernandez, Jr. on the mount.

UPDATE: RON THE GREEK SCRATCHED I have never backed Ron The Greek in any of his races so it’s interesting to me why I’m going to bet on him now. Again, I’m no expert but he seems heavily raced, which I’m not a big fan of. I am a big fan of his trainer Bill Mott and presume Ron The Greek will be heading towards retirement very soon. The six-year-old Florida horse will break from post position #11 with 8/1 odds with jockey Jose Lezcano in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Ron The Greek finished 4th in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic and most recently won Jockey Club Gold cup Invitational at Belmont Park on September 28th. The Jockey Cup victory awarded Ron The Greek a paid berth into the 2013 Breeders’ Cup.

Flat Out, with 12/1 odds, will break from post position #12 with Joel Rosario on board. The William Mott trained seven-year-old finished 3rd behind Ron The Greek and Palace Malice in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. He also finished 3rd in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic behind Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man. So maybe we should at the very least bet him to SHOW. Flat Out’s career has been hot and cold but I like him regardless.

Mucho Macho Man Fort Larned

Mucho Macho Man (left) and Fort Larned fight to the finish in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Both horses are strong 2013 Classic contenders.
Photo:Breeders’ Cup Photo ©

Mucho Macho Man and Paynter are both in a class of their own. If either one of these power house horses wins the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic I’ll literally cry tears of happiness. My favorite thing about this sport is when you truly see heart in the horse, in his owners and trainers, and in his fans. Mucho Macho man and Paynter both deserve the win.

Lady and The Track would like to wish all of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders the best of luck. Good Luck! Safe Run! …and remember ladies, never place a bet with your lover’s money. It’s simply bad luck!

The GI $5 million 1 ¼ mile Breeders’ Cup Classic for three-year-olds and up is the 12th race of the day on November 2, 2013 with an approximate post time of 5:35 PM PDT.

2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic Post Positions & Odds
1 Last Gunfighter 20/1 Castellano/Brown
2 Paynter 12/1 Garcia/Baffert
3 Planteur 20/1 Moore/Botti
4 Moreno 15/1 Talamo/Guillot
5 Declaration of War 20/1 O’Brian/O’Brian
6 Mucho Macho Man 5/1 Stevens/Ritvo
7 Fort Larned 6/1 Hernandez, Jr./Wilkes
8 Palace Malice 10/1 Velazquez/Pletcher
9 Game On Dude 8/5 Smith/Baffert
10 Will Take Charge 12/1 Saez/Lukas
11 Ron The Greek 8/1 Lezcano/Mott SCRATCHED
12 Flat Out 12/1 Rosario/Mott

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