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Championship Day Nears!
Major League Baseball has the World Series.
The NFL’s one-day spectacle is the Super Bowl.
In Thoroughbred racing, we have the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, and the 23rd edition of the event will be held Saturday, November 4, at Churchill Downs.
In addition to the eight Grade I stakes that comprise the Breeders’ Cup, Hawthorne will also present an 11-race LIVE program of their own, and those in attendance will receive lots of benefits.
Not including those entered for main track only and also eligibles, 120 horses have been entered to compete on Hawthorne’s 11-race card which includes three turf tilts and a trio of allowance affairs.
Simulcast action from Churchill Downs kicks off at 10:15 a.m. (CST) with the running of the $200,000 Very Subtle Stakes for female sprinters.
The $150,000 Grade III Ack Ack Handicap, the second race to be run under the Twin Spires on Saturday, has a distinctly local flavor. Among the 14 horses scheduled to enter the starting gate for the one-turn mile event are Wiggins, the top older Illinois dirt horse in training; 2006 Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup winner It’s No Joke and sixth place finisher Papi Chullo; Cause to Believe, the third place finisher in the Grade II Illinois Derby this past spring; 2005 Illinois Derby winner Greeley’s Galaxy and third place finisher Magna Graduate; and Straight Line, a two-time stakes winner at Arlington Park.
Breeders’ Cup Day at Hawthorne – Saturday, November 4
8 a.m. Gates Open
Spend Your Breeders’ Cup Day at Hawthorne!
Each Breeders’ Cup World Championships race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show wagering, there will be Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta opportunities on all 10 Churchill races; rolling Pick 3 wagers, and two Pick 4s. There will also be three Daily Doubles. For the first time the Pick 4s will have guaranteed gross pools, with the early Pick 4 having a $1 million guarantee and the late Pick 4 guaranteed for $1.5 million.
The Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6, with a minimum $3 million guaranteed pool, begins with the Emirates Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Race #5) and runs through the Classic.
In 2003, the Ultra Pick 6 produced a single winner, Graham Stone, who cashed a winning wager worth over $2.7 million, and his ticket only cost $8 to play!
That payoff almost matched the world record Ultra Pick 6 payoff in 1999 of $3.1 million.
With all this cash on the line, it’s a good idea to get started on your handicapping early. The Daily Racing Form’s 2006 Breeders' Cup Advance Edition is now on sale at Hawthorne’s program stands. It includes lifetime past performances for all pre-entered horses, and in depth analysis on all of the contenders – American and European.
If you’re more than just a “paper handicapper” you can check out the video for 80 key Breeders’ Cup prep races – run in both the United States and Europe – on-line at www.breedersup.com. Additional handicapping tools, biographical information and podcasts are also available on the Breeders’ Cup website.
There are also a couple of cool on-line Breeders’ Cup contests that you might want to check out.
EarthLink $1 million Pick 8 On-Line Challenge: A contestant who selects all eight winners of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will win the grand prize of $1 million. To enter, go to bcsweepstakes.com.
Breeders’ Cup On-Line Fantasy Challenge: Linked to bcfc.churchilldowns.com, fans select 15 horses, five trainers and three jockeys participating in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The player accumulating the highest point total will win a grand prize trip for two to the 2007 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.
Beat the Handicapper: Fans can earn a berth into the 2007 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas by posting a mythical $50 wager at ntra.com and try to beat the selections of the NTRA Guest Handicapper. ESPN’s Kenny Mayne will be the guest handicapper on Breeders’ Cup Day.
So make plans to join us at Hawthorne for Thoroughbred racing’s Championship Day!
The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through January 1 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan.1). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.
Hawthorne’s races can be seen live on Horse Racing Television (HRTV). HRTV provides full, in-depth coverage of the current Hawthorne Race Course meeting, with complete post parades, and expert analysis from the network's hosts.
Hawthorne’s spring 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run February 23 thru May 3. The summer 2007 Standardbred meet will be held June 22 thru August 5. The fall 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run September 17 thru December 31.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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