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Breeders' Cup Classic
1 1/4 Miles
Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. With its $5 million purse, the Classic is the richest race in all of North America. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. Five of this year’s starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
2013 Breeders' Cup Classic Replay
2013 Breeders' Cup Classic Results
Second to Fort Larned in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, Mucho Macho Man found himself in the winner's circle after the 2013 edition following a thrilling finish in which the game 5-year-old son of Macho Uno, owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, nosed out a surging Will Take Charge at the wire. Declaration of War was another head back. Coming off a win in the Awesome Again Stakes, Mucho Macho Man took command of the field entering the stretch and opened up a clear lead before Will Take Charge, the 2013 Travers Stakes winner, made a late challenge, rushing up in the final strides. For jockey Gary Stevens, winning the Classic with Mucho Macho Man was a remarkable capper to a comeback season in which he also won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Distaff. For trainer Kathy Ritvo, it was history made as the first woman to win the $5 million championship race.
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