November 2nd, 2013 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Classic

Saturday's Race of the Day:

Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf | Marathon

Breeders' Cup Classic, $5 million, 1 1/4 miles, Nov. 2

1 Last Gunfighter C. Brown J. Castellano Hard hitter fits much better in Grade 2 or 3 events than he does at this level; looks overmatched 20-1
2 Paynter B. Baffert M. Garcia It's remarkable he's with us, but he wasn't in the same league with Mucho Macho Man last time out 15-1
3 Planteur (IRE) M. Botti R. Moore Dirt isn't the only question for this Euro; it has also been 30 months since he won a Group 1 race 30-1
4 Moreno E. Guillot J. Talamo Raised his game with blinkers on, but he was carried by the track when he came close in the Travers 15-1
5 Declaration of War A. O'Brien J. O'Brien Won two Group 1 races this year in England for sharp barn; dirt ability is obviously the big question 15-1
6 Mucho Macho Man K. Ritvo G. Stevens Romped in the local prep, and was a sharp second in this race last year; he clearly loves Santa Anita 5-1
7 Fort Larned I. Wilkes B. Hernandez Jr. Won last year's Classic, albeit with the speed bias; last outing was good, and one he can improve on 6-1
8 Palace Malice T. Pletcher J. Velazquez Unlucky fourth in the Travers, but can't find an excuse for his soundly beaten second in the Gold Cup 10-1
9 Game On Dude B. Baffert M. Smith Been mostly dominant this season, but meets his toughest field since he flopped in this race last year 2-1
10 Will Take Charge D.W. Lukas L. Saez Improved dramatically over the summer while also taking blinkers off; faces elders for the first time 10-1
11 Ron the Greek B. Mott J. Lezcano Scratched due to injury SCR
12 Flat Out B. Mott J. Rosario His third in the J.C. Gold Cup was not his best performance; it could be a sign that he's tailing off form 12-1

Odds and comments by Mike Watchmaker