Updated on 09/15/2011 2:07PM

More time between Cup races


NEW YORK - Races in the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park will be separated by 35 minutes or more, slightly longer than the separation of last year's races at Churchill Downs. The extension was made possible by the expansion of the television broadcast on NBC by a half-hour, in part to compensate for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, which was added to the event in 1999. This year, NBC will broadcast for five hours instead of 4 1/2.

The first race, the Breeders' Cup Distaff, will go off at 1:20 p.m. Eastern. The last race, the Classic, will be run at 5:35 p.m. The wagering menu is identical to last year's, with win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and rolling pick threes offered on every race. Superfectas will be offered on the last six races, which will also make up the $5 million guaranteed pick six: the Mile, Sprint, Filly and Mare Turf, Juvenile, Turf, and Classic. A pick four will be offered beginning with the Filly and Mare Turf. Daily doubles will be offered on the first two races - the Distaff and the Juvenile Fillies - and on the last two races, the Turf and the Classic.