Breeders' Cup 2013 Replay: Video, Highlights and Recap

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2013

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Start of the Juvenile won by New Year's day ridden by Martin Garcia during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Mucho Macho Man outlasted the field to narrowly win the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic. 

Experienced jockey Gary Stevens led his horse on an outside move to pass the field late and then held off a few challengers on the final stretch to come away with a thrilling victory.

Will Take Charge appeared to have a chance late with a strong finish, but unfortunately, he simply ran out of room and finished in second place. 

Declaration of War also ran a great race to finish in third place. Here is a full replay of the 2013 Classic:

These are the full results of the event:

2013 Breeders' Cup Classic Results
1Mucho Macho ManGary StevensKathy Ritvo6
2Will Take ChargeLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas10
3Declaration of WarJoseph O'BrienAidan O'Brien5
4Fort LarnedBrian Hernandez Jr.Ian Wilkes7
5Last GunfighterJavier CastellanoChad Brown1
6Palace MaliceRafael BejaranoTodd Pletcher8
7PaynterMartin GarciaBob Baffert2
8Flat OutJoel RosarioWilliam Mott12
9Game On DudeMike SmithBob Baffert9
10MorenoJoseph TalamoEric Guillot4
11PlanteurRyan MooreMarco Botti3
*Ron the Greek was in post No. 11, but was scratched.

Mucho Macho Man was one of the top contenders for this race after finishing in second place at this event a year ago. He was one of the most consistent competitors in the field with 18 top-three finishes out of 22 career starts, but this time, he was able to pull out the victory.

Interestingly, trainer Katherine Ritvo becomes the first female trainer ever to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, as noted by Daily Racing Form:

Still without a win at this event is legendary trainer Bob Baffert, who seemingly has won every other event in the sport.

His horse Game On Dude entered as the overwhelming favorite after winning the last six races he entered. However, he fell short on this prestigious event just like he did at this race last season.

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Mucho Macho Man (right), riden by Gary Stevens crosses the finish line ahead of Will Take Charge, riden by Luis Saez and Declaration of War, riden by Joseph O'Brien, to win the Breeders' Cup Classic during the 2013 Breeders' Cu
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Meanwhile, defending champion Fort Larned also struggled in this event after getting out to a strong start. He ended in fourth place, but this is still below expectations. 

Still, the story of the day was Mucho Macho Man, who earned easily the best win of his career. His team will get the majority of the $5 million purse as well as bragging rights for the next year.

If he does return to Santa Anita Park a year from now, you can be certain he will be a top contender once again.


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