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STRONG WAGERING IN FIRST BREEDERS’ CUP FUTURE BET POOLS; STREET CRY, AZERI FAVORED IN CLASSIC AND DISTAFF, FIELD TOPS WIDE OPEN SPRINT
A total of $173,844 was wagered in Pool One of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Future Bet over the holiday weekend, July 4-7, as fans across the country made wagers on the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. (Complete results of all three pools appear below). Final odds for Future Bet Pool One are also available at www.ntra.com.
The 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. All betting is win-only with a minimum wager amount of $2.00.
At the conclusion of wagering on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. (ET), Street Cry was the Classic favorite at odds of 4-1. This year’s Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap winner, Street Cry opened as the 6-1 morning line favorite on Thursday afternoon. The mutuel field was the public’s second choice at 6-1, followed by Stronach Stable’s Macho Uno (8-1), who was third in Saturday’s Suburban Handicap. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem closed at odds of 12-1, after opening at 10-1 on Thursday. A total of $85,919 was wagered in the Classic pool (Race #1).
The 4-year-old filly Azeri, a winner of four consecutive grade I races, finished as the Distaff pool (Race #2) favorite at 5-2, after opening Thursday at 5-1. Bettors established the mutuel field at 6-1 as the second choice in the pool, followed by Michael Tabor’s 3-year-old Bella Bellucci at 9-1. A total of $39,732 was wagered in the Distaff pool.
The Sprint (Race #3) was viewed by bettors as the most unpredictable of the three pools, with the mutuel field winding up as the favored choice at odds of 9-2. Metropolitan Handicap winner Swept Overboard and California speedster Crafty CT both closed at 9-1. Kona Gold, the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion was 15-1, after opening the pool as the 6-1 favorite. Last year’s Sprint winner, Squirtle Squirt, finished at 18-1. A total of $48,193 was wagered in the Sprint pool.
“We’re very pleased with the final handle figures, which comfortably exceeded our expectations,” said Ken Kirchner, NTRA Senior Vice President of Product Development. “Fans took advantage of some very attractive prices in all three races. In comparing the final Future Bet odds with the Bally’s fixed odds from Las Vegas, fans received better prices on 30 horses in the Future Bet pools, 13 horses had essentially the same odds and Vegas was better priced on 18 horses. We are hopeful that we will expand the number of outlets for the next three pools and also increase our marketing efforts.”
Breeders’ Cup Future Bet Pool Two begins on August 9 with wagering on the three Breeders’ Cup grass races. (See schedule below.)
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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