BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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Ken Kirchner 859-312-0137
STREET CRY (7-2) FAVORED IN BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC FUTURE BET; AZERI (6-5) LEADS DISTAFF POOL; MUTUEL FIELD (6-1) LEADS WIDE OPEN SPRINT POOL ONE CLOSES SUNDAY AT 7:00 P.M. ET
Street Cry (IRE), winner of the Dubai World Cup and the Stephen Foster Handicap, was the 7-2 favorite to win the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic through 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday in national wagering on the first ever Breeders' Cup Future Bet. The 4-year-old colt from Godolphin Racing was posted as the 6-1 Classic favorite when Future Bet wagering pools on the Classic (Race #1), the Breeders' Cup Distaff (Race #2) and the Breeders' Cup Sprint (Race #3) opened on Thursday. Wagering on all three races will continue through Sunday 7:00 p.m. ET. Continuous updates on the Classic, Distaff and Sprint pools are available at www.ntra.com.
Massachusetts Handicap winner Macho Uno was the second choice in mid-Saturday Future Bet wagering on the Classic at 4-1, followed by Wood Memorial winner Buddha at 9-1. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem was 10-1.
The 4-year-old filly Azeri was the favorite in early wagering on the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Owned by Allen Paulsen Living Trust, Azeri opened as the 5-1 favorite in the pool, but has been since bet down to odds of 6-5. The mutuel field was next at 7-1, followed by Ashland Stakes winner Take Charge Lady at 16-1.
In the Breeders' Cup Sprint pool, the horses in the mutuel field were favored at 6-1. Michael Tabor's Left Bank was co-second choice at 8-1 along with Metropolitan Handicap winner Swept Overboard. Kona Gold, the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner was next at 10-1. Squirtle Squirt, last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint champion, was 17-1.
"We're very pleased with the wagering thus far," said Ken Kirchner, Sr. VP of Product Development for the NTRA. "Racing fans across the country have clearly responded to the bet. With several major prep races to be run this afternoon and the anticipated jump in handle coming on Sunday, I consider the wager to be a success. Looking at the value on the board, with horses like Milwaukee Brew at 30-1, Sakhee at 35-1 in the Classic; Chamrousse at 80-1, Dancethruthedawn at 50-1 in the Distaff; and, defending champ Squirtle Squirt at 17-1, Mayakovsky at 30-1 in the Sprint, I'm confident the players will respond to these prices by making additional wagers on Sunday."
The Breeders' Cup Future Bet is a special wager that challenges fans to select in advance the winners of Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races to be held at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. Under Breeders' Cup Future Bet rules, each race will offer pari-mutuel groupings of 23 runners plus one field entry consisting of all horses not in the body of 23 for each respective race. All betting, available at outlets nationwide, will be win-only with a minimum wager amount of $2.00. At the conclusion of wagering on July 7, odds for all entries become final. No refunds are made on horses that do not ultimately compete in their designated races. Arlington Park will serve as the processing hub for all wagers.
The complete Breeders' Cup Future Bet schedule for 2002 is:
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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