Breeders' Cup Limited has released the wagering menu, race order, and post times for this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The race order is unchanged from last year and the wagering menu includes the $5-million Ultra Pick Six and two additional wagering options.
This year's order for the eight grade I races, with purses, post times (Eastern Standard Time), and wagering options, is:
$2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, 1:12 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3, Daily Double
$1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, 1:45 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3
$1 million Breeders' Cup Mile, 2:20 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 6
$1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, 2:52 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3, Superfecta
$1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, 3:25 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3, Superfecta, Pick 4
$1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, 3:57 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Pick 3, Superfecta
$2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, 4:30 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double
$4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, 5:10 p.m., WPS, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta
"Based upon the positive feedback from racing fans, we will retain the same race order as last year," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Ltd.
Added to the wagering options this year an early Daily Double on the Breeders' Cup Distaff and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies races and a Pick 4 on the day's final four races--the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Classic.
"In our efforts to provide racing fans and the general public with multiple wagering options, these new bet types will offer fans another opportunity to capitalize upon their winning selections," said Van Clief.
Last year's record handle, when the event was run at Gulfstream Park, was $100,336,230. The Ultra Pick 6, with a $5 million guaranteed minimum betting pool, is the largest multiple race wager in the United States. Last year's Ultra Pick 6 produced a world record Pick 6 payoff of $3,058,138, as a single ticket contained the winning six horses. Other payoffs included a $692,907 Superfecta, a $39,031 Trifecta, and two Pick 3 payoffs exceeding $10,000. The Ultra Pick 6 is comprised of the Breeders' Cup Mile, Sprint, Filly & Mare Turf, Juvenile, Turf and Classic. Post time for the Mile will be 2:20 p.m. ET.
First post on November 4 will be at 12:00 noon ET, and will begin with the Churchill Downs Distaff, a $200,000 Grade II race, followed by the $100,000 Iroquois for 2-year-olds at 12:35 p.m.
Format of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6
--$5 million guaranteed minimum pool
--$2 base wager
--Up to 14 betting interests each race