New Breeders' Cup Format Brings New Wagers

The first two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will feature some pari-mutuel firsts as well.

The first two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will feature some pari-mutuel firsts as well.

Breeders’ Cup officials announced Oct. 20 the wagering menu for the Oct. 26-27 event at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Among the new features are 10-cent superfectas on all 11 World Championships events and a Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6 that could have a carryover from the previous three days of racing at Monmouth.

The Ultra Pick 6 will have a $3 million guaranteed pool, but if the regular pick six isn’t hit at Monmouth Oct. 24, Oct. 25, or Oct. 26, the money will carry over to the Oct. 27 program, which features eight World Championships races. The Oct. 27 program will have two pick fours, each with a guaranteed pool of $2 million.

Also, there will be 50-cent pick fives on the first five races Oct. 24-27. If there is a carryover, it will bolster the Oct. 27 pick-five pool. There will be two new two-day daily doubles linking the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint with the Oct. 27 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), and the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT).

Finally, there will be two “global trifecta” wagers on the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) Oct. 27. The global trifecta, offered in conjunction with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, allows bettors in foreign countries to wager into the trifecta pools.

Breeders’ Cup officials said wagering on all World Championships races will be available beginning at noon Oct. 25.

Because this is the first two-day Breeders’ Cup, there will be no comparisons for pari-mutuel handle for the Friday, Oct. 26 program. Last year, with one day of racing, Breeders’ Cup set a new handle record with total wagers in excess of $140 million.

Ken Kirchner, product development consultant for Breeders’ Cup who has handled the wagering end of the event for the past 11 years, noted Breeders’ Cup payoffs have averaged $26 for win bets, $230 for exactas, $2,800 for trifectas, and $2,100 for pick threes.

The Oct. 26 program will feature 10 races with first post of 12:20 p.m. EDT. The three new Breeders’ Cup races--the Filly & Mare Sprint, Dirt Mile, and Juvenile Turf--will be shown live on ESPN2 from 4-6 p.m.

The Oct. 27 program will begin at 11 a.m. The eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live by ESPN from noon-7 p.m. Post time for the Classic is 5:35 p.m.