Updated on 09/16/2011 7:44AM

Belterra frozen in future bet


Betting on Belterra in the Breeders' Cup Distaff was stopped on Friday afternoon after the filly's trainer, Carl Nafzger, said she would not be pointed to the Distaff this year.

Belterra was 30-1 on the morning line for the Distaff, and $143 had been bet on her before wagering was suspended. The bets will not be refunded, but mutuel machines have been programmed not to accept any additional wagers on the filly, according to Ken Kirchner, vice president for product development of the Breeders' Cup.

"The rules don't allow us to refund, and when we set the pools, they were planning on running her," Kirchner said. "There isn't much else we can do except stop betting on her from here on out."

Betting on the Distaff and two other races, the Classic and the Sprint, opened on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Betting will close on Sunday at 7 p.m.

According to Kirchner, Breeders' Cup will stop betting on any horse whose status significantly changes while the windows are open. Breeders' Cup will offer future bets on three other weekends this year before the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26.

As of Friday afternoon, the favorites for the three bets were Street Cry in the Classic, at 5-2; Azeri in the Distaff, at 4-5; and Kona Gold in the Sprint, at 6-1. Just over $40,000 had been bet, total, in the three pools.