Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Horse of the Year Wise Dan and 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned headline the entries for this year's 14-race World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
The 30th Breeders' Cup, worth a total of $26 million, will be conducted on Friday and Saturday.
The post positions for all 14 races were drawn Monday at Santa Anita, with the morning-line also revealed. This is the seventh year the Breeders' Cup will be held over two days, with five championship races run Friday and the remaining nine conducted Saturday.
Defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan is the even-money favorite in a field of 10 for the $2 million Mile on Santa Anita's grass course. Wise Dan will begin the defense of his 2012 Breeders' Cup victory from post 8 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez riding.
"He couldn't be doing any better," trainer Charlie LoPresti said about the 6- year-old champion turf horse.
Fort Larned will take on 11 challengers in the 1 1/4-mile, $5 million Classic which will conclude the 30th Breeders' Cup Saturday evening at approximately 8:35 p.m. (ET).
The 5-year-old horse is 6-1 in the morning-line and will be ridden from post 7 by Brian Hernandez Jr. Ian Wilkes trains for Janis Whitham.
"He can do whatever you want with him," Wilkes said. "He can lay off, he can sit behind or he can go to the lead. Last year he ran along (the half-mile) in :46. When you run along at that sort of pace - that's racehorse time - and if someone wants to go with him, go with him. But he can sit behind, it doesn't matter. I'm not concerned about that."
The 8-5 favorite, for the second straight year, is top rated thoroughbred Game On Dude. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 6-year-old gelding will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith from post 9.
Last year, Game On Dude went off as the 13-10 favorite in the Classic, but finished seventh to Fort Larned. In 2011, the gelding was second to Drosselmeyer.
Here is the field for the Classic in post position order: Last Gunfighter, 20-1, Javier Castellano; Paynter, 12-1, Martin Garcia; Planteur, 20-1, Ryan Moore; Moreno, 15-1, Joe Talamo; Declaration of War, 10-1, Joseph O'Brien; Mucho Macho Man, 5-1, Gary Stevens; Fort Larned, 6-1, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Palace Malice, 10-1, John Velazquez; Game On Dude, 8-5, Mike Smith; Will Take Charge, 12-1, Luis Saez; Ron the Greek, 8-1, Jose Lezcano and Flat Out, 12-1, Joel Rosario.
Friday's day of racing will conclude with the $2 million, 1 1/8-mile Distaff. formerly the Ladies' Classic. Two-time defending winner Royal Delta will try to join Goldikova as the only three-time Breeders' Cup winners. Goldikova won the Mile from 2008-10.
Trained by Bill Mott for Besilu Stables, Royal Delta is the 8-5 favorite and will break from post 4 in the six-horse field with Mike Smith again riding. Last year, she defeated My Miss Aurelia by 1 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile stakes and was voted champion Older Female of 2012.
Her main challenge will come from 9-5 second choice Princess of Sylmar. The 3-year-old filly, who beat Royal Delta this year, will be ridden by Javier Castellano from the outside post for trainer Todd Pletcher and King of Prussia Stable.
The five races on Friday will begin at 4:45 p.m. (ET) with the 1 3/4-mile Marathon followed by the Juvenile Turf, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Distaff.
Saturday's nine championship races kickoff at 3:05 p.m. (ET) with the Juvenile Fillies followed by the Filly & Mare Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Turf Sprint, Juvenile, Turf, Sprint, Mile and Classic.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships will also be held at Santa Anita Park.