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Contact: Ken Kirchner (859) 422-2630
Jim Gluckson (212) 907-9284


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has set the fields for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Races open for wagering this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. 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 30 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and closes September 2 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). For wagering purposes in Period Three, the Classic is denoted as Race #7, the Distaff as Race #8 and the Sprint as Race #9. A special internet link will also be established displaying the up-to-the-minute, pari-mutuel odds for all three races at ntra.com.

GodoIphin Racing’s Street Cry (IRE) has been listed as the 6-1 morning line favorite in the Classic by oddsmaker Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form. Street Cry, rated No. 1 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings Classic Division, closed at 4-1 when wagering was offered on the Classic in Pool One (July 4-7). Following Street Cry on the morning line is Came Home, winner of Sunday’s Pacific Classic, and Medaglia d’Oro, winner of the Travers Stakes. Both three year-olds are listed at 8-1. Azeri leads the Distaff pool, opening at 4-1 odds. A winner of six graded stakes this year, Azeri closed at odds of 5-2 in Period One wagering on the Distaff. Summer Colony, winner of last Friday’s Personal Ensign at Saratoga, is the second choice in the Distaff pool at 6-1. The mutuel field is listed next at 10-1. The mutuel field is the favorite for Period Three of the Sprint at odds of 6-1. Listed next as co-second choices at 8-1 are defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Squirtle Squirt and multiple stakes winner Orientate. The mutuel field wound up as the Sprint favorite in Period One, closing at 9-2.

“The Classic, Distaff and Sprint are three of the most popular races with our fans, so we wanted to provide them with a second opportunity at these pools.” said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development. “While the fields are coming into focus as we approach the fall, there are still some very attractive prices on graded and group stakes winners. Came Home at 62 to 1 in the first pool looks like a tremendous price right now.”

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 September 2, 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:

  • Thursday, July 4 - Sunday, July 7: Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Distaff and Breeders' Cup Sprint (Pool I)
  • Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11: John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, Breeders' Cup Mile and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Pool 2)
  • Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2: Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Distaff and Breeders' Cup Sprint (Pool 3)
  • Friday, September 20 - Friday, September 22: Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Pool 4).

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.

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.

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.

Updated Future Bet odds




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