BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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BREEDERS' CUP FUTURE BET FIELDS FINALIZED FOR TURF, MILE AND FILLY & MARE TURF; WAGERING AVAILABLE AUGUST 9-11
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has set the fields for this weekend's Pool Two of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Races open for wagering this Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. 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. Wagering opens August 9 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and closes August 11 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). For wagering purposes in Pool Two, the Turf is denoted as Race #4, the Mile as Race #5 and the Filly & Mare Turf as Race #6.
In each of the three races -- all grass events -- available for wagering, the pari-mutuel field has been listed as the morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form. Other than the field entires, the shortest-priced horses in each race is Sakhee, who is listed at 8-1 in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf; Rock of Gibraltar (IRE), who has been set at 6-1 in the Breeders' Cup Mile; and Banks Hill (GB), installed as an 8-1 proposition in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Last year, Banks Hill (GB) won the Filly & Mare Turf, while Sakhee finished a close second to Tiznow in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) has won six in a row, including the July 31 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in England.
"With the successful launch of the first future bet pools, we're very optimistic about this second wagering period," said Ken Kirchner, NTRA senior vice president of product development. "There are a lot of high-quality horses listed at very good odds in each race. We hope that racing fans and wagering outlets are more familiar now with the Breeders' Cup Future Bet process. All systems are go for this weekend."
Under Breeders' Cup Future Bet rules, each race offers 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 August 11, 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:
Daily Racing Form will provide extensive support for the Breeders' Cup Future Bet, including full past performance lines in all editions for all days the Future Bet is offered, plus comprehensive editorial coverage of the Future Bet horses. DRF will conduct special seminars with its handicappers at selected NTRA member racetracks, and DRF has set up a special Breeders' Cup Future Bet section at its Web site, www.drf.com. This section includes the same past performances that may be found in the print edition, as well as pool dates and a list of simulcast outlets accepting the wager. The special section will also feature regularly updated odds of horses in the Future Bet pools during open pool dates. Meanwhile, Equibase Company will be offering fans the opportunity to track all Future Bet horses through its free Virtual Stable e-mail notification service found at ntra.com and equibase.com. A similar Virtual Stable enhancement established for this year's Triple Crown attracted almost 10,000 new subscribers since being introduced in mid-March.
The wager will be hubbed at Arlington Park, host track for the October 26th World Thoroughbred Championships. Arlington will provide a separate satellite feed with a continuous update of the pari-mutuel odds to all simulcast locations for presentation to racing fans at those sites. A special internet link will also be established displaying the up-to-the-minute, pari-mutuel odds for all three races at ntra.com.
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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