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BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC 2011 RESULT: Drosselmeyer Shocks At Churchill Downs

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Drosselmeyer, winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes, put in a late, grinding move down the center of the track to pass Game On Dude and win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.  Game On Dude had set the early pace but turned back a challenge from Uncle Mo at the top of the lane but couldn't hold on in the final strides.  Game On Dude finished second, while Ruler On Ice and Havre de Grace rounded out the superfecta.

Drosselmeyer is a four-year-old son of Distorted Humor out of a Moscow Ballet mare (Golden Bullet). He is trained by William Mott and was ridden by Mike Smith, who won his record-tying 15th Breeders' Cup race (Jerry Bailey).

The upset by Drosselmeyer keyed balloon payouts at the windows.  Full payout information is below the jump. You can find the results to all of this weekend's Breeders' Cup races at the link below.

2011 Breeders' Cup Results

Scroll past the payouts to see post-race quotes from the trainers and jockeys.

Full Order of Finish
1st: Drosselmeyer
2nd: Game On Dude
3rd: Ruler On Ice
4th: Havre de Grace
5th: Flat Out
6th: So You Think
7th: To Honor and Serve
8th: Ice Box
9th: Rattlesnake Bridge
10th: Uncle Mo
11th: Stay Thirsty
12th: Headache

Official Chart

3-Drosselmeyer: $31.60, $13.20, $8.80
8-Game On Dude: $13.60, $9.20
4-Ruler On Ice: $9.80

$2 Exacta: $444.80
$0.50 Trifecta: $1,356.85
$0.10 Superfecta: $2,381.59
$1 Daily Double: $1,267.50
$1 HI-5: $156,424.00
$0.50 Pick 3: $5,136.10
$0.50 Pick 4: $46,814.05
$2 Pick Six: $95,070.00 (5-of-6)

1/4: 23.61
1/2: 47.84
3/4: 1:12.82
Mile: 1:38.27
Finish: 2:04.27

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.61
1/2: 24.23
3/4: 24.98
Mile: 25.45
Finish: 26.00

Post race quotes from the connections (per the Breeders' Cup:

Bill Mott (trainer, Drosselmeyer, 1st) - "He ran a super race. He was mowing them down the last eighth of a mile. I guess his biggest attribute is his stamina, and he showed it today. When they were wearing down, he was coming. It's great. Maybe they'll want to run him another year." 

Mike Smith (jockey, Drosselmeyer, 1st) - "He ran an awesome race right from the first jump.  Right out of the gate, he got into a great rhythm. The key to this horse is to keep him moving. If you put on the breaks it messes him up. I knew I was going to wheel out, so I just kept him going. And I was able to save ground on both turns."

Bob Baffert (trainer, Game On Dude, 2nd) - "He ran a great race. Chantal came back clean; that's a great race. She should be proud of herself. That horse (Drosselmeyer) came down the middle. What a shame that we missed, but what a horse (Game On Dude is). He's run some big races. He just didn't see that horse. He's game, but he just didn't see the horse. Mike got her." 

Chantal Sutherland (jockey, Game On Dude, 2nd) - "He ran so hard. He ran great. He absolutely ran his race today. He was running well up front and Johnny (Velazquez on Uncle Mo) was pushing on us. He really gave us a run. But when he came to us, my horse dug in and tried harder than he ever has before. He really dug in. He ran every inch of the way and he was really tired at the end. I've never seen him that tired. I am so proud of him. He ran great."

Kelly Breen (trainer, Ruler On Ice, 3rd) - "I think, he's a top-class 3-year-old. I don't know where this puts him with the others, but I have to say, after this race, because he was the only 3-year-old to hit the board, he'd certainly have to be under consideration (for Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old)." 

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Rule On Ice, 3rd) - "I had a good run, all the way. I never got stopped. I was down inside saving all the ground I could, and I thought I was in great shape. The rail was clear and I was good. Then, when they all went for home, they all came over. So You Think dropped down on the rail and I had to adjust. I went out about four paths and made my run. And he came running. He ran good. No complaints."

Larry Jones (trainer, Havre de Grace, 4th) - "We didn't get the trip we wanted. The 11-horse (Headache) leaned on us pretty good from the start, but she ran well. Rick (Porter) likes to run where the gusto is. No regrets about running here. She didn't do anything to tarnish herself. She has another year ahead of her."

Ramon Dominguez (jockey, Havre de Grace, 4th) - "She tried hard. We had a good trip and she gave me all she had when I asked her at the head of the stretch."

Scooter Dickey (trainer, Flat Out, 5th) - "No excuse, he just got outrun. That's it."

Alex Solis (jockey, Flat Out, 5th) - "I had a good trip. He broke sharp. The winner came from behind me. I have no excuse." 

Aidan O'Brien (trainer, So You Think, 6th) - "He ran a great race. He handled the track well, but speed is a big thing, and we would have liked them to have gone a little faster."

Ryan Moore (jockey, So You Think, 6th) - "I was closer than what I had planned to be, but he jumped well (from the gate) and there's no point taking him back on this dirt. The pace was strong, but he stayed in sweetly behind them. He just ran out of petrol toward the end. It was his first run on the dirt, in the toughest race in North America. He ran a very creditable race. He came over (from Europe) and ran well on the dirt. It was worth a chance to find out." 

Bill Mott (trainer, To Honor and Serve, 7th) - "He ran a good race. He was a little rank on the first turn. He kind of threw his head in the air, but he finally settled. When we asked him at the three-eighths pole, he came and he engaged the leaders. He's at a tender age right now. I'm sure next year he will be much better."

Jose Lezcano (jockey, To Honor and Serve, 7th) - "We had a very good trip and we were in the clear all the way. We had no excuses."

Nick Zito (trainer, Ice Box, 8th) - "He ran a good race. What did he get beat, four or five lengths?  He was following Mike (Smith) and Mike took off, obviously. He was widest of all. He ran a good race. He showed his form." 

Corey Nakatani (jockey, Ice Box, 8th) - ""My run was actually really good. I was in a good spot, made a big run. I was trying to get right next to Mike (Smith aboard winner Drosselmeyer) at the point of the turn, to where he could carry me. And Ice Box made such a long run to get to him, it took a little bit more kick out of him than I really would have liked. He gave a great effort and got beat three lengths for the whole thing. We ended up going wide because we wanted to make sure he had a clear run. We knew he was going to make a run. He was coming into the race real good. A little more luck, and who knows." 

Neal McLaughlin (assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Rattlesnake Bridge, 9th) - "It was a tough spot. We're going to have fun with him next year. We gave it a shot."

Calvin Borel (jockey, Rattlesnake Bridge, 9th) - "He ran pretty good. He is a grinder, and I think he will be much better as a 4-year-old next year." 

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Uncle Mo, 10th) - "I thought we were in good position, but he didn't settle really well. He looked like he was kind of struggling with the surface. (Jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) tried to turn him loose, but he said he wavered with the racetrack."

John Velazquez (jockey, Uncle Mo, 10th) - "You're always disappointed when they don't run as good as you expect them to. He was pretty strong going to the first turn. When he went up the back, the track started breaking underneath him a little bit and he kind of lost it. He was struggling with the track for whatever reason. I tried to give him his head where he would feel comfortable, but he never really got into a good rhythm to get a good grip of the track. I didn't want to beat him up in the stretch when everybody started going by me." 

Todd Pletcher (trainer, Stay Thirsty, 11th) - "He ran kind of evenly throughout. He got stuck down on the inside, which is what we weren't hoping for. But other than that, he just got outrun." 

Javier Castellano (jockey, Stay Thirsty, 11th) - "It was a good trip for me. I was close to the pace and that's where I wanted to be. He didn't fire today, unfortunately. I think he didn't handle the track very well. Unfortunately, that's the way the race unfolded. We should have been outside a little bit, but in a big field there wasn't anything you could do. We had to deal with whatever we had to deal with."  

Michael Maker (trainer, Headache, 12th) - "He got beat up pretty good. He had some issues in the race."

Paco Lopez (jockey, Headache, 12th) - "He tried. That was all he could do."