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FANS FAVOR MUTUEL FIELD IN BREEDERS' CUP FUTURE BET FOR JOHN DEERE TURF, MILE AND FILLY & MARE TURF
A total of $97,784 was wagered in Pool Two of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Future Bet over last weekend, August 9-11, as fans across the country placed wagers on the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Breeders’ Cup Mile and the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. (Complete results of all three pools appear below.) Final odds for Future Bet Pool Two also are available at www.ntra.com.
Combined with the wagering in Pool One (July 4-7) on the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, total wagering for the first two pools was $271,628.
The Future Bet is a special wager that challenges fans to select in advance the winners of Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races, to be held October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. All betting is win-only, with a minimum wager amount of $2.00. Wagering on 23 individual horses and a field bet in all three pools opened Friday, August 9 at 1:00 p.m. and closed Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
At the conclusion of wagering on Sunday, the mutuel field was the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf favorite at odds of 4-1. Beat Hollow (GB) winner of the Woodford Reserve and Manhattan Handicaps, and High Chaparral (IRE), winner of the English and Budweiser Irish Derbies, were the co-second choices, both at 5-1. French Derby winner Sulamani (IRE) was next at 10-1, followed by With Anticipation, winner of Saturday’s Sword Dancer Handicap, who closed at 13-1 after opening at 20-1. Last year’s Prix l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee, who lost the group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at 1-5, closed at 15-1. A total of $38,544 was wagered in the John Breeders’ Cup Deere Turf pool (Race #4).
The mutuel field led the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Race #5) wagering, closing at 2-1. Top European miler Rock of Gibraltar (IRE), winner of six consecutive group 1 stakes, was next at 7-2 after opening at 6-1. Keltos (FR), another top European miler, was the third choice at 9-1. Volponi, winner of the Poker Handicap and runner-up in the Bernard Baruch, was next at 13-1. A total of $31,944 was wagered in the Mile pool.
The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Race #6) 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 5-1. Astra, No. 1 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings’ Filly & Mare Turf Division, was the second choice at 6-1. Golden Apples (IRE) made the biggest gain of any horse in the three pools. Second by a neck to Affluent in the John Mabee/Ramona Handicap, Golden Apples went from 20-1 on Friday to 7-1 when wagering closed on Sunday evening. England’s Legend (FR), who won the Modesty Stakes at Arlington last month, was next at 11-1. Banks Hill (GB), the defending Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner, closed at 12-1, followed by Kazzia (GER), the English Oaks winner, at 13-1. Affluent was next at 17-1. A total of $27,296 was wagered in the Filly & Mare Turf pool.
"We’re very pleased with the combined totals for the first two pools," said Ken Kirchner, NTRA Senior Vice President of Product Development. "We figured to be down somewhat from the first pool because of the lack of familiarity with the turf races over the dirt events, plus the number of potential supplements in this year’s fields. Still, fans are receiving great prices on a number of horses. In comparing the Future Bet odds with the fixed price odds offered by Bally’s Las Vegas, the Future Bet prices were better on 33 horses. Bally’s prices were better on 17 horses, and for 12 horses the prices were the same."
Breeders’ Cup Future Bet Pool Three begins on August 30 with wagering on the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
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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