'Head2Head' Wager Offers New Twist This Year

The "Head2Head" wager on Breeders' Cup day might also be called "Head2Head2Head" this year as the menu will offer two races with three betting interests instead of the usual two.

"We're trying to gauge the reaction of fans to a three-horse proposition bet," said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. "We wanted to introduce a new element to it."

The Head2Head wager features a 10% takeout rate. Bettors choose one horse to beat the other, and with three wagering interests, the horse of choice must beat the other two.

Head2Head wagering will be offered on all 12 races on the Oct. 30 program. Here are the match-ups for the eight Breeders' Cup races, with morning-line odds:

Breeders' Cup Distaff: Ashado (7-2) vs. Storm Flag Flying (9-2).

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: In the Gold (10-1) vs. Culinary (12-1) vs. Sharp Lisa (15-1).

NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile: Nothing to Lose (7-2) vs. Six Perfections (5-1).

Breeders' Cup Sprint: Clock Stopper (9-2) vs. Cajun Beat (8-1).

VO5 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: Yesterday (6-1) vs. Megahertz (10-1) vs. Film Maker (20-1).

Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Consolidator (8-1) vs. Sun King (8-1).

John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf: Kitten's Joy (even) vs. Powerscourt (3-1).

Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge: Birdstone (6-1) vs. Funny Cide (6-1).

The Head2Head has generated $70,000 to $80,000 a race in wagers, though in 2002 at Arlington Park, the number was closer to $100,000.