The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's Period Three of the 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, all grade I.
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. Wagering opens Aug. 30 at 1:00 p.m. and closes Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. For wagering purposes in Pool 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.
Street Cry 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, 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 (gr. I), and Medaglia d'Oro, winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Both are listed at 8-1.
Azeri leads the Distaff pool, opening at 4-1 odds. A winner of six consecutive graded stakes this year, Azeri closed at odds of 5-2 in Pool One wagering on the Distaff. Summer Colony, winner of last Friday's Personal Ensign (gr. I) is the second choice at 6-1. The mutuel field is listed next at 10-1.
The mutuel field is the favorite for Pool 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 Pool One, closing at 9-2.Pool 3, August 30-Sept. 2 Breeders' Cup Future Bet