09/02/2003 12:00AM

Candy Ride 7-2 choice


Candy Ride, the undefeated winner of the Aug. 24 Pacific Classic, closed as the 7-2 favorite in Period 2 of the .

Candy Ride, who would have to be supplemented to the Classic at a cost of $800,000, was favored over 21 other horses and a field entry that included all horses not listed individually. Second choice was Mineshaft, the winner of this year's Suburban Handicap, at 9-2, followed by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, at 6-1. Milwaukee Brew was a late scratch.

Breeders' Cup offered future betting on the Classic and three other races - the Distaff, Turf, and Sprint - over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Betting closed Monday night.

The favorite in the Distaff for the most recent betting period was Azeri, the reigning Horse of the Year, who was bet down to 9-5. In the Sprint, Aldebaran, winner of the Forego Handicap on Sunday at Saratoga, was bet down to 5-1. In the Turf, Storming Home, who was disqualified from first to fourth in this year's Arlington Million, and High Chaparral, last year's winner of the Turf, were co-favorites at 6-1.

Total betting on all four races was $222,056, compared to $160,759 during the July betting period, an increase of 38 percent. Ken Kirchner, Breeders' Cup's senior vice president, said he was pleased with the total - the best for any Breeders' Cup future bet weekend - but also disappointed that many racetracks did not publicize the bets better.

"We still have large problems with tracks not showing the odds," Kirchner said. "It's a big irritant for me."

Kirchner said that Breeders' Cup hopes to convince tracks to display the odds more prominently in time for the company's next future wagering round - the weekend of Sept. 19-21, when future bets will be available for the Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Mile, and Filly and Mare Turf.

Displaying the future-bet odds at tracks takes up video monitors that can be used to show simulcast signals from other tracks. Those signals, for the most part, take in far more handle than the Breeders' Cup future wagers, causing some track officials to be reluctant to broadcast the futures odds continuously.