Updated on 09/17/2011 11:29AM

Halfbridled star of future bet

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Halfbridled, the undefeated winner of the Aug. 30 Del Mar Debutante, was bet down to 2.40-1 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies future bet, making her the shortest-priced favorite in the four offered over the weekend.

Betting on the future bets closed at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. In the other races, Cuvee was favored at 3.90-1 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Heat Haze was the 6.50-1 favorite in the Filly and Mare Turf; and the field was favored in the Mile, at 5.40-1.

Total handle for the four races was $172,999, second-highest for the three weekends over which Breeders' Cup future betting was offered this year. In the earlier pools, handle was $160,759 for future betting on the Classic, Turf, Distaff, and Sprint conducted over the weekend of July 26-28, and handle was $222,056 for the same four races over the Labor Day weekend.

This is the second year in which Breeders' Cup has offered future betting on its races. Last year, Breeders' Cup conducted betting over four weekends, offering three races at a time.

Total handle last year was $530,541. This year, handle over the three weekends of betting was $555,814, a 4.7 percent increase.

Ken Kirchner, Breeders' Cup's director of simulcasting, said that the Breeders' Cup would explore options over the winter to improve handle. The options include separating the future bet for the Classic in a stand-alone pool months before the race is run, and increasing the pool of runners for several of the races.

"Just looking at the results, I'm not sure the dollars will ever get to the million-dollar range," Kirchner said. "I think what we've found is a niche market, and it's a good niche market for players that are looking for a price."

Each Breeders' Cup pool offers betting on 23 horses and a field entry that includes all other horses. Minimum bet was $2, with a takeout of 15.43 percent. Payouts are determined on a parimutuel basis.

Kirchner said that the Breeders' Cup future pools had offered 83 horses that were also listed in the fixed-odds future book at Bally's casino in Las Vegas, and that 63 of the horses had better odds through the Breeders' Cup parimutuel bet. Seventeen of the horses listed in common had better prices at Bally's, Kirchner said, with three that were nearly identical.

"That's been pretty consistent with all the pools," Kirchner said. "We're giving players bargains."