08/28/2003 11:00PM

Candy Ride early favorite


Candy Ride, the undefeated winner of last Sunday's Pacific Classic, was the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic future bet as of Friday afternoon.

Candy Ride, who would need to be supplemented to the Classic at a cost of $800,000, was 9-5 with approximately $8,000 in the pool. Betting opened at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, and odds are expected to swing dramatically until betting closes on Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide was the early second choice in the Classic field at 7-1, followed by handicap star Mineshaft, at 10-1, and Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad at 11-1.

Future betting opened on Friday on three other Breeders' Cup races as well - the Turf, Sprint, and Distaff.

In the Distaff, Sightseek was the early favorite at 6-5, while Azeri, the winner of 11 straight races and the reigning Horse of the Year, was 8-1. Azeri was 2-1 on the morning line. Also in the Distaff, the field bet - which includes all horses not listed among the 23 individual entrants - was 8-1.

In the Turf, Sulamani, winner of the Arlington Million on a controversial disqualification, was the early favorite at 5-2. He was followed by Paolini, the second-place finisher in the Million, at 9-2; High Chapparal, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner (9-1); and Storming Home, who crossed the line first in the Million but was disqualified to fourth (10-1).

In the Sprint, Captain Squire, most recently second in the Bing Crosby Handicap, was the early favorite at 7-2, followed by the field at 9-2, Beau's Town (6-1), and Gygistar (6-1). Morning-line favorite Shake You Down was 50-1.