ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Fort Larned is back to defend his title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race he led all the way in winning as a 9-1 long shot last year.
He is one of a total of 172 horses, including nine defending champions, which were pre-entered Wednesday for the $27 million, 14-race Breeders' Cup world championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1-2.
Thirteen horses were pre-entered for the 1¼-mile Classic, which will be shown live in prime time next Saturday on NBC. Trainers Bob Baffert, Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher have two each.
Baffert has Game On Dude and Paynter; Mott has Flat Out and Ron the Greek; and Pletcher has Graydar and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice.
Besides Fort Larned, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in last year's Classic will take another shot.