Fort Larned, a 9-1 odd, led the entire way to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic Saturday by a half-length.
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., celebrated his 27th birthday with a huge victory as Fort Larned ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.11 in front of an audience for the first time on prime time.
Mucho Macho Man was second and Flat Out was third.
Breeders' Cup Info:
DISTANCE: 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.
Now set for its 29th running on November 3, 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. Six of this year’s starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.