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Breeders’ Cup shifts Marathon, Filly and Mare Sprint
By Jay Privman
The Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint will be moved to the Saturday Breeders’ Cup card, and the Marathon is back as part of the Friday card, the Breeders’ Cup said on Tuesday when it announced the schedule for the 15 races of the 29th Breeders’ Cup Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita.
The Saturday card, anchored by the Classic as the last of nine BC races, will also include the Juvenile Turf, Sprint, Turf Sprint, Dirt Mile, Turf, Juvenile, and Mile.
The Friday card, with the Ladies’ Classic as the marquee event of six BC races, also includes the Juvenile Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Juvenile Fillies, and the Filly and Mare Turf.
The final race order for each day will not be made until pre-entries are announced in three weeks.
There is a two-stage process for entries. Pre-entries are due on Oct. 22 and announced Oct. 24. At that time, horses can enter more than one race. By Oct. 29, though, when post positions for all 15 BC races are drawn, a horse can be entered in only one race each day.
The Friday card also includes three allowance races, plus the Grade 2 Twilight Derby, formerly known as the Oak Tree Derby, so there will be 10 races that day.
The Saturday BC program is preceded by three undercard stakes, the Damascus, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview, so there will be 12 races that day. The two races labeled as BC previews are not considered part of the 15-race BC program.
Asked if the labeling of two races as BC preview races was an indication that those races could be added to the regular BC program next year, Jim Gluckson, a publicist for the Breeders' Cup, released a statement Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the Breeders' Cup that said, "As we do after each Breeders’ Cup, our Racing and Nominations Committee will evaluate the participation levels and results of all our races in an effort to create the best racing program possible for our horsemen and fans the following year.”
First post for the Friday card is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Pacific, while the Saturday card is set to begin at 10:05 a.m.
There will be a Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Six on both days, 10-cent minimums on superfectas, 50-cent trifectas, pick threes, pick fours, pick fives, a double wager from the Ladies’ Classic to the Classic, and a Super High 5 for both the Ladies’ Classic and the Classic.
The Super High 5 would carry over to the Classic if no one hits the Ladies’ Classic. The Classic has a mandatory payout.
The Friday pick six encompasses the six BC races that day and has a guaranteed pool of $1 million. The BC Classic is the final leg of the Saturday pick six, which has a guaranteed pool of $2 million. If no one hits the Friday pick six, there will be a carryover to Saturday. There is a mandatory payout on Saturday.
The pick four on Friday will end with the Ladies’ Classic. It has a $1 million-guaranteed pool. There is also a $1 million guarantee on a pick four that includes the first four BC races on Saturday. The final four BC races on Saturday, ending with the Classic, has a guaranteed pool of $2 million for that pick four.
The pick five will begin with the very first race each day and only partially include Breeders’ Cup races.
The Breeders Cup doesn't so much as exist when it's kept in California by California-biased people under the mistaken impression that California racing is superior to the rest of the continent. When they rotate it again to different tracks, then maybe it'll recapture the luster it once had. Until then, maybe someone will come up with a suitable program to counteract the California bias elsewhere.
I love BC racing. The old format was great but the betting possibilities of the new format are even better. Unfortunately the pricing makes it unlikely that I will attend these, as I would prefer to keep that money for bankroll. Really hoping that Del Mar updates its track as intended so they can host a BC event. I would pay to attend the BC there for sure.
I can't believe how many people here think that there are too many BC races. There should be one for EVERY distance, sex and surface. Just because a horse isn't a 2yo phenom on dirt, they should have a turf race. The pnly thing I would EVER change is that a horse should have a stakes (even a 50k one) on the surface at which they are running. If not, they have to run on the surface of their last race. There is nothing wotrse than those synthetic horses screwing a nice nice wager when they turn their form completely around by changing surfaces.
There was originally 7 races, when and why did they go to 15?? I could see adding a Turf Distaff (and yes, go back to calling it the Distaff!) as well as a Dirt Mile, but that's it! All on one day, please!
I love the Marathon from a betting and entertainment standpoint. Plus I am 3-3 including the big price last year
One other thought though: I think we have to cut NBC some slack. Live coverage of racing in general has improved a lot in the last few years and it's been led by ESPN and NBC Sports. It used to be really frustrating when you'd be watching Tom Hammond talking 90 minutes before a race like the Belmont while a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race is running live behind him without any coverage at all. At least now they cover the undercard and do a pretty good (especilly Randy Moss) explaining to novices that not all races are 10 F for $1M. Overhead coverage of a 5F turf sprint is something we never used to get to see on NBC and now it's a regular event. Lets hope this helps to bring new fans to a great but wilting sport.
I agree, too many races
read most of the posts and most make good points. But, we have to realise modern businesses are run by people sitting in a office somewhere and playing with numbers in order to show their company the millions they earn in salary and bonuses, do you think that they will give that up to please the public. Just ask any politician as to why they do not retire even when they reach the age of 80/
With the fillies so strong they may run more than a few against the boy's.Royal Delta belong's with the colt's.
Breeders Cup hasn't been the same since they upped it to 43 races..
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