ARCADIA, Calif. — Fort Larned, a 9-1 long shot, led all the way to win the $5 million Classic by a half-length Saturday, capping a weekend of upsets at the Breeders’ Cup.
Brian Hernandez Jr., aboard the winner, celebrated his 27th birthday with the biggest victory of his career. Game On Dude, the 7-5 favorite who was beaten in the closing strides a year ago at Churchill Downs, was seventh in the field of 12.
Fort Larned ran 1¼ miles in 2:00.11 in the showcase race of the two-day world championships. Just four favorites won in 15 races.
Mucho Macho Man was second and Flat Out, trained by Bill Mott, was third. Mott won last year’s Classic with Drosselmeyer.
Upsets dominated five of the first seven races, with Little Mike pulling off the biggest stunner at 17-1 odds in the $3 million Turf.
Rosie Napravnik joined Julie Krone as the only female jockeys to win a Breeders’ Cup race when she guided 6-5 favorite Shanghai Bobby to a head victory over He’s Had Enough in the $2 million Juvenile.
Little Mike won the Turf by a half-length under jockey Ramon Dominguez.
Tapizar beat a talented field that included 5-2 favorite Emcee, who was broken and trained in Aiken, Shackleford and Fed Biz. He won by 2¼ lengths.
Trinniberg won the $1.5 million Sprint by three-quarters of a length at 13-1 odds.
In the $1 million Juvenile Turf, 9-1 shot George Vancouver found an opening in the lane and bolted through to win by 1¼ lengths.
Filly Mizdirection beat the boys by a half-length in the $1 million Turf Sprint, giving sports talk radio host and co-owner Jim Rome his first Breeders’ Cup victory.
Groupie Doll came through as the 3-5 favorite in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, winning by 4½ lengths.
Wise Dan beat Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, by 1½ lengths in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf. The time was 1:31.78, a course record at Santa Anita.