Breeders' Cup 2012 Classic Results: Fort Larned outduels Mucho Macho Man

Harry How

Fort Larned wins the richest race in North America.

Fort Larned broke well from the gate, took the lead into the first turn, stretched his lead to a couple of lengths on the backstretch, and then survived a relentless duel all the way down the stretch to beat Mucho Macho Man win the Breeders' Cup Classic, the richest horse race in North America with a $5 million purse.

After a heartbreaking defeat in the 2011 Classic at Churchill Downs, Bob Baffert's Game On Dude, the 6/5 favorite, came back for revenge at his home track, Santa Anita Park, where he was a perfect five-for-five in races over the Santa Anita main track, including two victories in the Grade 1 Awesome Again (2011 and 2012) and a win in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes. Game on Dude finished out of the money.

Fort Larned is a four-year-old colt by E Dubai out of a Broad Brush mare (Arlucea), trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr.

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