ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Jockey Gary Stevens celebrates atop Mucho Macho Man in the winner's circle after winning the Classic during the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Trainer Kathy Rivo made history as she became the first female trainer to send out a winner in the 20 years of the Breeders' Cup Classic.
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Rivo saddled Mucho Macho Man, who held off Will Take Charge to win the $5 million Classic. Gary Stevens, who is enjoying a renaissance in his first year following a brief retirement, rode the winner who won by a nose.
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Stevens capped his comeback at 50 in stellar fashion, surviving a photo finish in the Classic after winning the $2 million Distaff with Beholder on Friday for a sweep of the biggest races at the two-day world championships at Santa Anita.
The local owners of Mucho Macho Man, Dean and Patti Reeves, say they "partied all night" after the win. They say they feared a repeat of 2012 when Mucho came in 2nd place. But he pulled through and took the 1st place spot.