Empire Maker Favored in BC Future Pool

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker was made the 7-2 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in future book wagering conducted this weekend.

Pools closed Sunday night on four Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races. The field is the 6-1 wagering choice in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and 5-1 pick in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri is the 3-1 choice in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

By far the most was bet into the Classic pool. Of the $160,759 wagered on all four races, the Classic handle was $71,034. The Turf handled $31,777, the Sprint $29,863, and the Distaff $28,085.

In the Classic, the final odds are:
Azeri, 40-1
Congaree, 11-1
Empire Maker, 7-2
Evening Attire, 50-1
Eye of the Tiger, 99-1
Funny Cide, 12-1
Harlan's Holiday, 35-1
Iron Depty, 99-1
Kudos, 60-1
Medaglia d'Oro, 10-1
Milwaukee Brew, 18-1
Mineshaft, 5-1
Moon Ballad, 22-1
Peace Rules, 50-1
Perfect Drift, 13-1
Saarland, 50-1
Sky Mesa, 40-1
Soto, 30-1
Ten Most Wanted, 20-1
Volponi, 25-1
Wando, 50-1
Wild and Wicked, 35-1
All Others, 9-1

In the Turf:
Alamshar, 7-1
Ange Gabriel, 21-1
Ballingarry, 50-1
Balto Star, 30-1
Dalakhani, 9-1
Denon, 21-1
Dr. Brendler, 99-1
Falbrav, 23-1
High Chaparral, 11-1
Honor In War, 25-1
Islington, 50-1
Johar, 21-1
Kris Kin, 17-1
Nayef, 10-1
Perfect Drift, 35-1
Requete, 25-1
Senor Swinger, 30-1
Storming Home, 12-1
Strut The Stage, 80-1
Sulamani, 12-1
The Great Gatsby, 50-1
The Tin Man, 23-1
Vespone, 40-1
All Others, 6-1

In the Sprint:
Aldebaran, 11-1
Beau's Town, 6-1
Bluesthestandard, 50-1
Captain Squire, 14-1
Congaree, 20-1
Crafty C.T., 35-1
Disturbingthepeace, 99-1
Ghostzapper, 15-1
Gygistar, 9-1
Hombre Rapido, 50-1
House Party, 80-1
Joey Franco, 35-1
Midas Eyes, 10-1
Mountain General, 80-1
My Cousin Matt, 50-1
Oasis Dream, 30-1
Peeping Tom, 70-1
Posse, 13-1
Publication, 25-1
Shake You Down, 8-1
State City, 90-1
Valid Video, 25-1
All Others, 5-1

In the Distaff
Affluent, 23-1
Atlantic Ocean, 60-1
Azeri, 3-1
Bare Necessities, 50-1
Bird Town, 19-1
Cee's Elegance, 99-1
Elloluv, 30-1
Got Koko, 22-1
Hennie's Song, 60-1
Imperial Gesture, 21-1
Lady Tak, 15-1
Mandy's Gold, 99-1
Roar Emotion, 99-1
Santa Catarina, 24-1
Sightseek, 6-1
Sister Girl Blues, 99-1
Smok'n Frolic, 99-1
Spoken Fur, 10-1
Summer colony, 21-1
Take Charge lady 45-1
Wild Spirit, 6-1
Yell, 70-1
You, 40-1
All Others, 9-1

A second pool on the same four races will be conducted Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. A pool on the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) will be held Sept. 19-21.

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