The 13 horses pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic have combined earnings of
$29,712,183. Not close to America’s growing national debt, but a pretty tidy sum in its own right.

Bob Baffert sends out the richest of them all, Game On Dude, in the mile and a quarter race worth $5 million that could decide Horse of the Year for 2013. He says that’s the way it should be.

Winner of six straight races, unbeaten this year and the likely race favorite, Game On Dude has career earnings of $5,602,158.

“I can’t believe all the millionaires in the race,” Baffert said. “Twenty-nine million? It just
goes to show you that’s what the Breeders’ Cup is supposed to be. You get all the millionaires in the gate together and let them rock and roll.”

Of the 12 likely starters, only two have bankrolled less than $1 million: Last Gunfighter ($665,405), and Moreno ($669,440).

Never short on a quip, the Henny Youngman of trainers pulled this from his bag of one-liners when asked about Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, 48 and 50, respectively, whose combined ages near 100.

“I call them the ‘Geritol Jocks,’” he said.

In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Of the 155 recorded works on Santa Anita’s tab Saturday, a goodly number were by Breeders’ Cup candidates getting in their final major licks before next Friday and Saturday, when the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships unfold at The Great Race Place.

On the main track: Awesome Again Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man (Classic), five furlongs in 1:00.60; Zenyatta runner-up Authenticity (Distaff), four furlongs in a bullet 46.20; Got Shades (Juvenile Turf), 48.80; Groupie Doll (Filly & Mare Sprint), 47.40; Majestic Stride (Sprint), 47.60; Ria Antonia (Juvenile Fillies/Juvenile Fillies Turf), 46.60; Silver Max (Mile), 47.40; Trinniberg (Sprint), 46.80; and We Miss Artie (Juvenile/Juvenile Fillies), 46.60.

Also five furlongs on the main track: Dance With Fate (Juvenile/Juvenile Turf), 1:01.60; Little Mike (Turf), 59.80; Moreno (Classic), a bullet 59.20; Skyring (Turf), 1:00.20; Suns Out Guns Out (Marathon), 1:03.20; and Tour Guide (Turf Sprint), 1:00.20. Skyring and Tour Guide worked in company for D. Wayne Lukas.

Turf workers included: Chips All In (Turf Sprint), four furlongs in 48.40, and Spring to the Sky (Turf Sprint), same distance in a bullet 45.20; at five furlongs, Nesso (Juvenile Fillies Turf), 1:03.40, and No Jet Lag (Mile), 58.80; at six furlongs, Obviously (Mile), a bullet 1:12 flat; at seven furlongs, Bright Thought (Mile), 1:27.80, and Lady of Shamrock (F&M Turf), 1:27.40; and at one mile, Vagabond Shoes (Turf), 1:40 flat.

The Breeders’ Cup wagering menu includes $2 win, place, show and daily double betting; $1 exactas and a $1 daily double from the Distaff to the Classic; 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and the Super Hi 5; and 10-cent Superfecta wagering.


Multiple Grade I stakes winner Points Offthebench, widely favored to win the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint next Saturday, was euthanized this morning after suffering a training injury on Santa Anita’s main track shortly before 8 a.m.

“He sustained a condylar fracture to his right front,” said Tim Yakteen, who trained the 4-year-old gelding for owners Donnie Crevier and Charles V. Martin. “You can’t describe your emotions. It’s sad.”

Points Offthebench won his last two races, the Grade I Bing Crosby and the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Each time he was ridden by Mike Smith, who was aboard for today’s workout but was uninjured and expected to fulfill his lone riding obligation today on 5-2 morning line choice Yes Yes Yes in the sixth race, according to his agent, Brad Pegram.

Points Offthebench was working four furlongs in company with the mare Rock and Glory, who was uninjured.

Points Offthebench, a California-bred son of Benchmark out of the Free House mare Mo Chuisle, won six of his eight career starts, with one second and one third. He earned $514,940.


The 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic from Santa Anita will be broadcast live in prime time next Saturday. There will be a total of 9½ hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group. All 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC.

Live NBC Sports Group coverage begins next Friday from 1-5 p.m. Pacific Time on NBCSN, continues on Saturday from 12:30-5 p.m. on NBCSN, and culminates with the live prime time broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup Classic from 5-6 p.m. on NBC.

For the first time, live Breeders’ Cup bonus coverage will air during NBCSN’s 12 noon Notre Dame-Navy pre-game show. In the first segment of the pregame show, NBCSN will televise the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race, which has a 12:05 p.m. post time.

The 2013 Breeders’ Cup television schedule (all times live, Pacific Time):

Friday, Nov. 1 1-5 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, Nov. 2 12:30-5 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, Nov. 2 5-6 p.m. NBC

The NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders’ Cup will feature host Tom Hammond, whose first-ever assignment for NBC was as a reporter on the network’s inaugural Breeders’ Cup broadcast in 1984. He is joined by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has 15 Breeders’ Cup wins, including five wins in the Classic; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host/reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Nick Luck, who is making his NBC Sports Group debut.

NBC’s Triple Crown race caller Larry Collmus will call all of the Breeders’ Cup races.
Additionally, Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush will host the first half hour of the prime time show, which will focus on the spectacle and scene of the Breeders’ Cup. E! News’ Catt Sadler will contribute celebrity interviews and reports from the Breeders’ Cup “purple carpet.”

Emmy and Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth will perform the Breeders’ Cup anthem “The Best is Yet to Come” as the horses come on the track for the running of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will sing the National Anthem Saturday.

NBC Sports Group’s Breeders’ Cup coverage will be produced by Rob Hyland, producer of NBC’s Triple Crown coverage, and a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001, and directed by Jeff Simon. NBCSN’s coverage will be produced by Billy Matthews. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

The NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets will stream Breeders’ Cup coverage on NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN coverage will be live, streamed via “TV Everywhere” in an effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.
NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live
Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs. NBC Sports Live Extra will offer full replays of all streamed races.

FINISH LINES: Santa Anita stewards have denied jockey Tyler Baze’s request to be reinstated, and have mandated that he be evaluated by the Winners’ Foundation prior to requesting another “fitness for license” hearing . . . With six racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano and Peter Miller held a one-win lead over their runners-up in the battle for leading rider and trainer, respectively. Bejarano led Edwin Maldonado, 18-17, while Miller was in front of Bob Baffert, 11-10. Joe Talamo was third with 16 wins . . . Miller points out that the last five starters owners Bruce and Chrissie Chandler (husband and wife, he of the family that once owned the Los Angeles Times) have started at the meet have all won . . . With only six racing days left, contestants in ShowVivor were down to 17 entering Saturday’s card . . . Stall applications are available for Santa Anita’s upcoming winter/spring/summer meet at Santa Anita’s Racing Office and on line at santaanita.com . . . Friday at approximately 1:20 p.m., the HRTV Facebook page surpassed 200,000 likes! . . . Julien Leparoux and Mike Smith ride at Woodbine Sunday.


(Current Through Friday, Oct. 25)

Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Rafael Bejarano 113 18 27 16 16% $827,774
Edwin Maldonado 105 17 12 9 16% $544,338
Joe Talamo 105 16 11 12 15% $605,184
Corey Nakatani 66 11 5 10 17% $551,200
Mike Smith 29 11 5 2 38% $616,190
Gary Stevens 45 10 6 8 22% $840,404
Martin Garcia 68 8 9 12 12% $457,900
Mario Gutierrez 65 8 9 7 12% $452,098
Agapito Delgadillo 65 8 9 4 12% $246,900
Irving Orozco 82 8 5 11 10% $283,336
Julien Leparoux 54 6 9 5 11% $520,672
Chantal Sutherland Kruse 30 6 3 1 20% $156,424
Victor Espinoza 82 5 14 11 6% $454,166
Martin Pedroza 60 4 3 7 7% $171,684
Fernando Perez 31 4 2 2 13% $89,290

Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Peter Miller 49 11 4 6 22% $359,988
Bob Baffert 45 10 2 8 22% $596,050
John Sadler 66 9 14 11 14% $478,400
Doug O'Neill 82 9 9 5 11% $570,328
Jerry Hollendorfer 31 5 6 4 16% $269,612
William Spawr 15 5 5 0 33% $152,160
Thomas Proctor 28 5 2 3 18% $267,746
Barry Abrams 23 5 2 0 22% $172,614
Mike Puype 38 5 1 7 13% $124,004
Ronald Ellis 14 5 1 0 36% $144,200
Mike Mitchell 27 4 4 2 15% $131,010
Jeff Mullins 24 4 1 2 17% $144,700
Carla Gaines 12 4 1 1 33% $111,096