10/21/2007 11:00PM

Cup tweaks bet menu

EmailBreeders' Cup has slightly altered its betting menu this year to take into account bettors' evolving preferences and to capitalize on the Breeders' Cup's races being spread out over two days for the first time.

Of most importance to price-conscious horseplayers, Monmouth Park in New Jersey has a 15 percent takeout on pick four wagers, compared with a 25 percent takeout on other exotic bets like trifectas, superfectas, and pick six wagers. Breeders' Cup will offer two $2 million guaranteed pick four bets on Saturday. The first will link the Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile, Filly and Mare Turf, and Sprint. The second will link the Mile, Distaff, Turf, and Classic.

Breeders' Cup will also offer 10-cent superfectas on every race this year, the first time that superfectas have been offered at a dime denomination. Like the growth of pick four bets early this decade, dime superfectas have gained enormous popularity among horseplayers since being introduced several years ago.

Two daily doubles that link races on Friday and Saturday will be offered for the first time. The first daily double will link Friday's Filly and Mare Sprint - a new race this year - to the Sprint on Saturday. The second will link Friday's Dirt Mile - another new race - to Saturday's traditional turf Mile. Takeout for the daily doubles is 19 percent, as it is for other two-horse bets like the exacta.

The 2007 running at Monmouth is the first time that Breeders' Cup has held a two-day event. Breeders' Cup created three new $1 million races this year, with all three being held on Friday, as races eight, nine, and 10 on a 10-race card.

New Jersey does not offer pick six wagering, but Breeders' Cup will offer a pick six on Friday linking races 5 through 10. If no one selects six winners, 25 percent of the net pool will be paid out to ticket-holders with five of six winners, and the rest of the pool will carry over to Saturday's $3 million pick six. Saturday's pick six will have a mandatory payout.

Win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagering will be offered on every Breeders' Cup race. In addition, rolling pick threes will start with race 1 on the Friday and Saturday cards. Also, a 50-cent pick five that New Jersey tracks began offering this year will be available on races 1 through 5 on each card.

The three Breeders' Cup races on Friday will be broadcast on ESPN2, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern, and will be available in high-definition, according to an ESPN spokesman, Mark Mandel. All eight Saturday Breeders' Cup races will be broadcast on ESPN, beginning at noon Eastern, and will also be available in high-definition.

The horse racing channels Television Games Network and HorseRacing TV will not be allowed to broadcast the Breeders' Cup races live. The simulcast show that is offered to simulcast sites, however, will be streamed live at breederscup.com, according to Ken Kirchner, the simulcasting consultant to Breeders' Cup.

All major account-wagering companies have contracts to take bets on the Breeders' Cup. Wagering will open on the races at Thursday at noon.