New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Fan voting has determined that Mucho Macho Man's nose victory over Will Take Charge in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the 2013 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year.
"Mucho Macho Man's win in the Breeders' Cup was thrilling because it was a wild finish decided by a nose, but it was especially unforgettable because of the stories behind the horse," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Senior Vice President. "Voting for the Moment of the Year was up more than 50 percent this year and the popularity of Mucho Macho Man and his connections are surely part of the reason."
The winning moment received 30 percent of the votes cast at the NTRA website, ntra.com. The Breeders' Cup Classic has been the NTRA Moment of the Year in four of the last five years.
Appropriately, the second-place finisher was a continuation of 2012's winning moment.
Finishing second with just over 18 percent was Paynter, after battling back from life-threatening illness the year before, returns to the races to win an allowance at Hollywood Park. Paynter's struggle to stay alive through infections and laminitis was the top moment of 2012.
Here are the 12 nominated moments from 2013 with final voting percentages:
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rides his first winner in North America since 2005 aboard Branding in the first race at Santa Anita. (1.2%)
Spicer Cub bolts around the parked starting gate along the outside rail and still nearly wins at Pimlico Race Course, losing by a nose. (15.8%)
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and owners Stuart Janney III and Dinny Phipps. (5%)
Oxbow wins the Preakness Stakes, giving Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his sixth win in the Triple Crown's middle jewel and 50-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his third. (3.5%)
Paynter, after battling back from life-threatening illness the year before, returns to the races to win an allowance at Hollywood Park. (18.3%)
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze becomes the first North American rider to reach the 12,000-win milestone aboard Handful of Pearls at the Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton. (2.2%)
Ken & Sarah Ramsey win three major Grade I turf stakes - the Secretariat (with Admiral Kitten), Sword Dancer (Big Blue Kitten) and Arlington Million (Real Solution) - at two different tracks in less than two hours. (4.2%)
Will Take Charge barely gets up to beat front-running Moreno by a nose in the $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course. (5.3%)
Retired jockey Ramon Dominguez is presented with the Mike Venezia Award, as well as the 2012 Eclipse Award trophy for Outstanding Jockey he was unable to accept last January, during a ceremony in the Saratoga winner's circle. (5%)
Five-year-old mare Mizdirection beats males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for the second straight year in her final career start. (3.2%)
Wise Dan wins the 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile for the second straight year, capping a season that will likely be recognized with a repeat Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. (6.2%)
Mucho Macho Man wins the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic by a nose for jockey Gary Stevens, trainer Kathy Ritvo and owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. (30%)