Edited, NTRA/Breeders' Cup release
In an effort to provide its fans with the most attractive wagering program, officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that, for the first time, the complete race order for the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Pre-Entered fields for all eight races are released. The Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's $14 million year-end championship day, will be run on Saturday, October 29 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y., and will be televised live by NBC Sports (1:00-6:00 p.m., ET). The $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge will be run as the last of the eight Breeders' Cup races, as it has been since the event's inception in 1984. "Since the Breeders' Cup is the greatest betting day in all of sports, we would like to present our fans with the highest caliber wagering card possible by providing a race order that we believe will generate the largest pools and potentially greater payouts than ever before." said Ken Kirchner, NTRA senior vice president of product development. "A prime consideration will be the size and quality of the field and its relationship to the overall wagering menu." There will be a total of 10 races on the Breeders' Cup Day program at Belmont. The day will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) with the $250,000 added Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs, and will be followed by the $250,000 added Discovery Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. The Discovery will be followed by the first of eight consecutive Breeders' Cup races at 1:20 p.m. (ET). The day concludes with the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge at 5:35 p.m. (ET). Among the highlights of this year's Breeders' Cup wagering menu are two Pick 4's. The first Pick 4 will be offered on the first four Breeders' Cup Championship races, and a second Pick 4 will be available on the final four Breeders' Cup races. In 2000, Breeders' Cup introduced the Pick 4 as a complement to the Ultra Pick 6, and it has rapidly become one of the most popular Breeders' Cup wagers throughout the world. Each Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering on all 10 races; rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with Race #1 and continuing through the entire card. There will be three daily doubles beginning with the day's first race, followed by a double combination on the first two Breeders' Cup races. There will also be a daily double linking the seventh Breeders' Cup race (Race #9) and the Classic. The Breeders' Cup Head2Head wager will be offered on all 10 races. The details of the Head2Head wagering matchups will be announced at the post position draw on October 26. Through its first 21 years, payoffs for Breeders' Cup races have been among the highest in racing, averaging $22 for win bets, $224 for exactas, $2,820 for Trifectas and $2,076 for Pick 3's. The Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6, with a minimum $3 million guaranteed pool, begins with Race #5, the third Breeders' Cup race of the day, and runs through the Classic. Last year's Ultra Pick 6 produced no perfect tickets from a pool of $4.6 million, but 61 tickets that contained 5 winners paid $56,149 each. In 2003, there was a single winner, Graham Stone, who cashed a winning wager worth over $2.7 million. That payoff nearly matched the world record Ultra Pick 6 payoff of $3.1 million in 1999. Pre-Entries for this year's Breeders' Cup close on Monday, Oct. 17, at 12:00 p.m. (ET). Following the meeting of the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/ Secretaries Panel on Tuesday, October 18, to determine the ranking order for any oversubscribed races, Breeders' Cup officials will determine the race order for the World Thoroughbred Championships. Since 1999, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships race order has been: $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff; $1 million Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies; $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile; $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint; $1 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf; $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile; $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge.
2005 BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS POST TIMES AND WAGERING MENURace--Race No.--Post Time (All Times Eastern)--Bet Types Sport Page Handicap –1 -- 12:00 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD, Pick 3, Head2Head Discovery Handicap -- 2 -- 12:40 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Race -- 3 -- 1:20 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD, Pick 3, Pick 4, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Race -- 4 -- 1:55 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Race -- 5 -- 2:35 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Pick 6, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Race -- 6 -- 3:10 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Head2HeadBreeders' Cup Race -- 7 -- 3:45 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Pick 4, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Race -- 8 -- 4:20 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Pick 3, Head2Head
Breeders' Cup Race -- 9 -- 4:55 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, DD, Head2Head Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) -- 10 -- 5:35 p.m. -- WPS, Ex, Tri, Super, Head2Head
WPS = Win, Place, Show Ex = Exacta Tri = Trifecta Super = Superfecta DD = Daily Double