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               === Fort Larned captures Breeders' Cup Classic ===
 
 Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Fort Larned, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., set
 the  pace and  held on  to capture  the $5  million Breeders'  Cup Classic  to
 conclude the 29th World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
 
 More  than 55,000 people came to the second day of the Breeders' Cup to see if
 6-5  favorite  Game On Dude  could give trainer  Bob Baffert his first Classic
 victory.
 
 Game  On  Dude, ridden by Rafael  Bejarano, got a  bad start in the 1 1/4-mile
 event. Breaking well from the gate, however, were Fort Larned at 9-1 and Mucho
 Macho Man, the co-second choice at 6-1 with Flat Out.
 
 Fort  Larned had the  lead around the first turn and into the backstretch with
 Mucho Macho Man pressing the pace from the outside. Running third was To Honor
 and Serve with Game On Dude racing sixth.
 
 The  top two horses kept their positions around the final turn as Game On Dude
 advanced  into third from the outside. Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man battled
 into  the stretch leaving the favorite unable to draw closer and  Game On Dude
 began to fade entering the stretch.
 
 Fort  Larned  and Mucho  Macho Man were  alone on  the lead at  the top of the
 stretch. Fort Larned, trained by Ian Wilkes, was able to held off a determined
 Mucho Macho Man and post a half-length victory as the fifth selection.
 
 Flat  Out,  last year's  Classic favorite,  finished third  with Ron the Greek
 getting fourth in the 12-horse field. Rounding out the order finish were
 Richard's Kid, Nonios, Game On Dude, Pool Play, Handsome Mike, To Honor and
 Serve, Brilliant Speed and Alpha.
 
 The final time for the Classic on a fast track was 2:00.11.
 
 Owned by Janis Whitham, Fort Larned earned $2.7 million for his biggest career
 victory.  The 4-year-old  colt has  won  eight of  19 career  starts for  $3.7
 million.
 
 During  the summer,  Fort Larned registered consecutive wins in the Cornhusker
 and  Whitney Handicaps and  was coming off a third-place result to Flat Out in
 the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
 
 Fort  Larned returned  $20.80, $9.80 and $6.80. Mucho Macho Man paid $6.60 and
 $4.60, and Flat Out paid $5.20 to show.
 
 The loss by Game On Dude leaves the door open for other horses, namely Wise
 Dan, to be named Horse of the Year.
 
 George Vancouver,  coming  in from  Europe, accelerated  down the  stretch  to
 win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf to begin the second day of the
 World Championships.
 
 Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the 2-year-old colt shook loose from the competition
 at the top of the stretch in the mile event and went on to post a 1 1/4-length
 victory over Noble Tune.
 
 Finishing third in the 14-horse field was Balance the Books with Dundonnell
 getting fourth followed by Gervinho, Artigiano, Lines of Battle, Joha, Brown
 Almighty, Fantastic Moon, Dry Summer, Summit County, Know More and I'm
 Boundtoscore.
 
 Ridden  by  Ryan Moore, George Vancouver  covered the distance in 1:33.78 on a
 firm turf course.
 
 The  victory is the second straight Juvenile Turf for both trainer and jockey.
 Last year, O'Brien and Moore combined with Wrote to take the race.
 
 George Vancouver, bred in Kentucky, earned $540,000 with his second career win
 in seven starts. The colt has now banked $700,000.
 
 George  Vancouver returned $20.60, $11.00 and $7.20. Noble Tune paid $6.00 and
 $3.80, and Balance The Books paid $6.00 to show.
 
 Odds-on favorite Groupie Doll broke away from the  competition at  the head of
 the  stretch on her way to winning the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare
 Sprint.
 
 Ridden  by Rajiv Maragh, Groupie Doll was racing in the middle of the 10-horse
 field  up the backstretch until the far turn. The 4-year-old filly, trained by
 Buff Bradley, went around the turn to join the leaders and went to the lead at
 the top of the stretch.
 
 Groupie Doll, the 7-10 favorite, drove through the stretch to register a
 4 1/4-length  victory  over 9-2 second  pick Dust  and Diamonds. Finishing
 third was Switch  with Belle  of the  Hall fourth.
 
 Rounding out the order of finish were Rumor, 2011 champ Musical Romance,
 Turbulent Descent, Teddy's Promise, Great Hot and Strike the Moon.
 
 Co-owned  by Bradley,  Groupie Doll covered the seven-furlongs in 1:20.72 on a
 fast track.
 
 Groupie  Doll  adds $540,000  to her  earnings. The  filly has  won nine of 16
 career  starts for  $1.6  million. The  Filly  and Mare  Sprint  is her  fifth
 straight stakes win.
 
 Groupie Doll paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.10. Dust and Diamonds returned $4.20 and
 $3.20, and Switch paid $3.60 to show.
 
 Longshot Tapizar, ridden by Corey Nakatani, took the lead at the top of the
 stretch on his way to winning the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
 
 Shackleford,  last year's  runner-up, was the co-favorite at 5-2 with Emcee in
 the nine-horse field. The 4-year-old colt stumbled badly at the start as Emcee
 and jockey Alan Garcia set the pace.
 
 Tapizar  was racing  just behind  Emcee  with Jersey  Town near  the lead  and
 Shackleford  moving  forward on the outside.  Around the final turn, Emcee had
 the lead on the inside with 15-1 Tapizar second to his outside and Shackleford
 in third.
 
 Coming  out  of the turn, Tapizar  surged to the lead  and went on to post a 2
 1/4-length  win over  the late  running Rail  Trip. Delegation  finished third
 followed by John Scott in fourth.
 
 Completing the order of finish were Jersey Town, Emcee, Shackleford, Fed Biz
 and Second City.
 
 Tapizar stopped the timer at 1:35.34.
 
 Trained  by Steve  Asmussen, Tapizar notched his sixth win in 14 career starts
 and  picks up $540,000.  Fifth in last year's Dirt Mile, the colt has lifetime
 earnings of $972,632 for owner Winchell Thoroughbreds.
 
 The win is Nakatani's 10th Breeders' Cup victory.
 
 Tapizar returned $32.60, $13.60 and $8.20. Rail Trip paid $8.40 and $5.80, and
 Delegation paid $8.20 to show.
 
 Mizdirection, ridden by Mike Smith, came flying down the middle of the  course
 to  capture the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. The win was the second
 of the weekend for Smith making him the only rider or trainer to have more
 than one victory over the two days.
 
 Setting  the pace  in the  14-horse field  was Starspangledbanner  with Chosen
 Miracle  running second. Starspangledbanner, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, had the
 lead down the turf course and into the stretch.
 
 A wall of horses came charging at the  leader with Mizdirection surging on the
 outside.  Trained by  Mike Puype, Mizdirection ran through the stretch outside
 most of  the  other runners  and  went  on  to  post a  half-length  win  over
 Unbridled's Note.
 
 Finishing third was Reneesgotzip and Great Mills hold on for fourth followed
 by Great Attack, Corporate Jungle, Next Question, Tale of a Champion, Upgrade,
 Starspangledbanner, Camp Victory, Chosen Miracle, California Flag and
 Bridgetown.
 
 Mizdirection  covered  the 6 1/2-furlongs  in a  blazing 1:11.39, just off the
 stakes record of 1:11.28.
 
 A  4-year-old  filly, Mizdirection  picked up  $540,000 with  the win and gave
 Smith his 17th career Breeders' Cup victory. On Friday, the Hall of Fame rider
 won the Ladies' Classic aboard Royal Delta.
 
 Mizdirection  has won  seven of 12 lifetime starts for more than $800,000. She
 is perfect in four starts at 6 1/2-furlongs.
 
 Mizdirection  paid  $15.80, $7.40  and $5.00.  Unbridled's Note returned $5.80
 and $4.40, and Reneesgotzip paid $7.00 to show.
 
 Undefeated Shanghai Bobby found something extra down  the  stretch to hold on
 and capture the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt
 covered the 1 1/16-miles in 1:44.58.
 
 Ridden  by Rosie Napravnik, Shanghai Bobby went off as the 6-5 favorite in the
 nine-horse field. Power Broker was the 2-1 second pick.
 
 Setting  the  pace was Title  Contender with Shanghai  Bobby to his outside in
 second. The top two battled up the backstretch and around the far turn.
 
 Shanghai  Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher, took the lead on the final turn and
 into  the  stretch. However, the favorite  began to tire allowing the field to
 come to him.
 
 At  the top  of the stretch, Shanghai  Bobby looked like a beaten horse but he
 was  able to  dig down  and hold  off the  late running  He's Had  Enough. The
 favorite  posted  a head victory over  He's Had Enough with Capo Bastone third
 and Fortify finishing fourth.
 
 Rounding out the finish were Power Broker, Dynamic Sky, Speak Logistics, Title
 Contender and Monument.
 
 Perfect  in  five starts,  Shanghai Bobby  is the early  favorite for the 2013
 Kentucky Derby.
 
 The  win is the first for Napravnik in Breeders' Cup competition and she joins
 Julie  Krone  as the only  female jockeys  to win Championship races. Pletcher
 picks up his seventh Breeders' Cup win.
 
 Owned  by Starlight  Racing, Shanghai Bobby adds $1.08 million to his earnings
 which stand at $1,687 million.
 
 Shanghai  Bobby  returns $4.60, $3.40  and $2.60.  He's Had Enough paid $12.60
 and $7.40, and Capo Bastone paid $5.00 to show.
 
 Arlington Million winner Little Mike stalked the leader and then cruised to
 victory in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez,
 Little Mike ran the 1 1/2-miles in 2:22.83 for a Breeders' Cup record.
 
 Setting  the  pace in the  12-horse field  was 46-1 longshot Turbo Compressor.
 Racing  in second  was  23-1 outsider  Optimizer with  Little  Mike, at  17-1,
 running third.
 
 Trained by Dale Romans, Little Mike was fourth coming into the stretch but was
 able  to  rally and hold off  2-1 favorite Point  of Entry. Little Mike won by
 a half-length over Point of Entry with 2011 winner St Nicholas Abbey third and
 Trailblazer in fourth.
 
 Completing the order of finish were Shareta, Kindergarden Kid, Cogito, Slim
 Shadey, Dullahan, Treasure Beach, Optimizer and Turbo Compressor.
 
 Owned  by Priscilla Vaccarezza, Little Mike adds $1.6 million to his bankroll.
 The  5-year-old  gelding has  won 12  of 21  career starts  for better than $3
 million.
 
 Little  Mike returned  $36.60, $12.20 and $7.80. Point Of Entry paid $4.20 and
 $3.00, and St Nicholas Abbey paid $3.80 to show.
 
 Trinniberg, ridden by Willie Martinez, proved much the best in winning the
 $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. The 3-year-old covered  the six-furlongs in
 1:07.98  on a fast track.
 
 Trained  by  Shivananda Parbhoo, Trinniberg battled  with Sum of the Parts for
 the  lead  in the Sprint.  Trinniberg, 13-1 at post-time,  put away Sum of the
 Parts  on the final  turn and was able hold off 7-2 co-favorite The Lumber Guy
 to register a 3/4-length victory.
 
 Smiling Tiger finished third in the 14-horse field followed by Sum of the
 Parts, Justin Phillip, Fast Bullet, Coil, Amazombie, Jimmy Creed, Hamazing
 Destiny, Gantry, Capital Account, Boxeur des Rues and Poseidon's Warrior.
 
 Trinniberg,  who set the pace in this year's Kentucky Derby, picks up $810,000
 with  his  fifth career win.  The 3-year-old colt  has earned $1,483,300 in 13
 lifetime starts.
 
 Trinniberg  returned $29.40,  $13.20 and $11.00. The Lumber Guy paid $6.40 and
 $5.00, and Smiling Tiger paid $12.20 to show.
 
 In the final race leading to the Classic, top rated thoroughbred Wise Dan took
 the lead at the top of the stretch and went on to win the $2 million Breeders'
 Cup Mile.
 
 Wise  Dan,  trained by Charles  Lopresti, went off as  the 9-5 favorite in the
 nine-horse field. The 2-1 second choice was Aidan O'Brien's Excelebration.
 
 Wise  Dan allowed Obviously  to set the pace while the favorite was third with
 Suggestive  Boy  racing second  up  the  backstretch.  Around the  final  turn
 Obviously  still had the  lead as Wise Dan and jockey John Velazquez drew even
 from the outside.
 
 Owned  by Morton Fink, Wise Dan assumed the lead at the head of the stretch as
 2011  Kentucky Derby  winner Animal  Kingdom rallied  from off  the pace.  The
 favorite  cruised to a two-length win over Animal Kingdom and set a course and
 stakes record of 1:31.78 over the grass.
 
 Obviously held on for third followed by Excelebration, Mr. Commons, Jeranimo,
 Suggestive Boy, Moonlight Cloud and Willcox Inn.
 
 Wise  Dan recorded  his third  straight  win and  added $1.08  million to  his
 earnings.  The 5-year-old  gelding has  banked more  than $3.5  million in  20
 starts with 13 wins.
 
 Wise Dan paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.80. Animal Kingdom returned $6.60 and $4.60,
 and Obviously paid $4.20 to show.
 
 The 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Santa Anita Park for
 the eighth time.
 
 
 11/03 22:09:46 ET


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