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Bob Baffert got beat again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Bill Mott settled for half of a repeat sweep in the weekend's two biggest races. The Hall of Fame trainers could only wince as 9-1 long shot Fort Larned won North America's richest race on Saturday night, capping a weekend of upsets in the world championships at Santa Anita.
Bill Mott is in position to duplicate the ultimate daily double. The Hall of Fame trainer swept the $2 million Ladies' Classic and $5 million Classic at last year's Breeders' Cup. He could do it again this weekend, with Royal Delta defending her Ladies' title and three of his horses running in the big race.
Drosselmeyer, a 14-1 long shot, roared down the middle of the track and caught Game On Dude in the closing strides to win the $5 million Classic by 1½ lengths Saturday, capping a weekend of upsets at the Breeders' Cup.
The Saudi prince with a passion for horses had a hand in raising Royal Delta from her birth on his Kentucky farm. He died a few months before her biggest victory at the Breeders' Cup.
Wyomia was considered the best filly in Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, at least on the morning line. But instead it was a horse who finished down the track from Wyomia two months ago who stole the show.
"He's been a willing student and done everything we've asked of him," Mott said, noting the horse won the Jockey Club GoldCup the last two years.
"It's pretty unusual to have three horses of that quality in that type of race," Mott said. "If you really asked me who I would pick, one over the other, I couldn't do it. That's how well they're doing."