10/02/2012 2:03PM

Breeders’ Cup shifts Marathon, Filly and Mare Sprint

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Musical Romance, with Juan Leva riding, wins the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

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.