ARCADIA, Calif. – Fort Larned, a 9-1 long shot, led all the way to win the $5 million Classic by a half-length on 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 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.11 in the showcase race of the two-day world championships at Santa Anita. Just four favorites won in the events 15 races.
Upsets dominated six of the days nine 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 Hes Had Enough in the $2 million Juvenile.
Wise Dan, the 9-5 favorite in the $2 million Mile, came through with a 1 1/2 -length victory, covering the distance in a track-record 1:31.78.
Royal Delta was the only favorite to win in Fridays six races.
The string of upsets continued Saturday, with Little Mike winning the Turf by a half-length under jockey Ramon Dominguez.
Tapizar beat a talented field that included 5-2 favorite Emcee, Shackleford and Fed Biz. He won by 2 1/4 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 bolted through an opening to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Filly Mizdirection beat the boys by a half-length in the $1 million Turf Sprint off a six-month layoff, 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 4 1/2 lengths.
In the Juvenile, Shanghai Bobby ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.58.