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Royal Delta (above winning on Breeders' Cup day in 2012) is seeking her third win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, formerly known as the Ladies' Classic. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

For those of you who have watched the Breeders’ Cup over the past few years, some of the names you’ll see in this weekend’s races will look familiar.

With nine Breeders’ Cup winners entered, including seven who will be going for another win in their respective races, the event already has returning star power not seen in previous years. But the winners aren’t the only horses returning. Twenty-nine other previous Breeders’ Cup participants also are entering the fray again in 2013.

RETURNING BC WINNERS

BC Winner

Race

Year

Royal Delta

Distaff

2011, 2012

Fort Larned

Classic

2012

Wise Dan

Mile

2012

Trinniberg

Sprint

2012

Little Mike

Turf

2012

Mizdirection

Turf Sprint

2012

Groupie Doll

Filly & Mare Sprint

2012

Beholder

Juvenile Fillies

2012

Secret Circle

Juvenile Sprint

2011

Of those 29 horses, six are returning to the Breeders’ Cup after finishing second in a previous edition of the same race and three are returning after finishing third in in a previous edition of their respective races. Two, The Fugue and Capo Bastone, who finished third in the Filly and Mare Turf and Juvenile, respectively, and have been entered in different races this year. The Fugue looks to take on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Turf as one of the favorites in the field; Capo Bastone will be making his first career start on the grass in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic looks to set up as a great race for those who like familiar names as last year’s top three finishers and the 2011 runner-up all are returning for another run at the race. Fort Larned is the only returning winner to the Classic but both Mucho Macho Man and Game On Dude are looking to improve upon their second-place finishes of the last two years. Flat Out, who finished third in the Classic last year, is running again for Bill Mott, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2011 with Drosselmeyer.

The same sort of scenario also is playing out in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with Mizdirection looking to repeat against the males. But she will again face the two horses that finished directly behind her last year in Unbridled’s Note and Reneesgotzip.

Interestingly, those are the only three horses returning to that race from last year with last year’s eighth-place finisher Tale of a Champion making a drastic change by going to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. However, they will be joined by another former Breeders’ Cup contender in Jeranimo, who finished sixth and seventh in the Mile in his two other Breeders’ Cup appearances.

The Distaff looks to be the field most jam-packed with this year’s stars but only two-time winner Royal Delta will be returning to this race from previous years. However, she will have to defend her win against another Breeders’ Cup victress as 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder looks to win her second Breeders’ Cup race. The last horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races was Zenyatta in 2008 and 2009 when she won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (now known as the Distaff) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic the following year.

2012 BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLES WINNER BEHOLDER TARGETS DISTAFF

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Photo courtesy of Benoit & Associates

Another 2013 entrant trying to win a different Breeders’ Cup race is Secret Circle, who won the now-defunct Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2011 and will be making his return to the Breeders’ Cup in the Sprint. Like Beholder, he will have to face last year’s winner in the Sprint as Trinniberg is back in an attempt to become only the second horse to win two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The Lumber Guy, who finished second to Trinniberg last year is again entered in the race to try and get his first Breeders’ Cup win as well.

Other horses looking to advance their second- and third-place positions from last year’s Breeders’ Cup are Point of Entry in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, who returns to the Breeders’ Cup off of a five-month layoff due to injury, Marketing Mix in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and Obviously in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Overall, the Breeders’ Cup gives fans many familiar faces as all of the non-Juvenile races have at least one returning contender with five races also attracting runners from other Breeders’ Cup races.

With many familiar, and big, names entered in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, it isn’t hard to see why the event has turned into the United States’ premier end-of-the year event for both horses and fans.

More than $23 million in purse money will be offered to both new and returning entries over the event’s two-day race card, which starts with the Breeders’ Cup Marathon at 4:45 p.m. E.T. on Friday, Nov. 1.

MIZDIRECTION IS SEEKING A TURF SPRINT REPEAT

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Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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