09/29/2008 12:00AM

Super High Five added to BC wagering menu


The Breeders' Cup will put in place a Super High Five wager on each day of this year's two-day event on Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park in Southern California, the organization announced on Monday.

The Super High Fives - a relatively new wager in the racing industry that requires bettors to select the first five finishers in a race in order - are new to a betting lineup that will continue to include two guaranteed pick fours and a $3 million guaranteed pick six on the Saturday card. The Friday card will also offer a pick six, with the potential to carry over into the Saturday card if no one selects all six winners.

The Breeders' Cup, which is attempting to elevate total betting on the two-day card to $200 million by 2010, is banking on California bettors' affinity for pick six bets and other superexotics such as the Super High Five. There are concerns about the weakness of the economy and the declining betting figures associated with last year's event in the mud at Monmouth Park, the first to be held over two days. Comingled betting on the 11 BC races last year was approximately $129 million, compared to $134 million bet on the eight Breeders' Cup races the year prior.

"This is a tough economy, but we're going to have full fields, and California is the home of the pick six," said Ken Kirchner, the simulcasting consultant for Breeders' Cup.

The Super High Fives will be offered on the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, which is scheduled as the seventh race on the Friday card, and the Breeders' Cup Classic, which is scheduled as the ninth race on the Saturday card. If no bettor correctly selects the first five finishers on the Friday race, 75 percent of the pool will carry over to the Saturday race, which will have a mandatory payout.

Breeders' Cup expanded its card to 14 races this year. Five of the races will be held on Friday - all will be restricted to female horses - and nine will be held on Saturday. The Friday pick six will link the five Breeders' Cup races plus the Las Palmas Handicap on the 10-race card, while the Saturday $3 million-guaranteed pick six will link races 4 through 9, culminating in the Classic.

A $1 million guaranteed pick four will link the second through fifth BC races Saturday, followed by a $2 million guaranteed pick four linking the final four BC races.

Takeout in California for win, place, and show wagers is 15.43 percent, while takeout for all other wagers is 20.68 percent.

Win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, rolling daily doubles, and rolling pick threes will be offered on every applicable race. Superfectas, which will have a minimum bet of 10 cents, will be offered on all races with the exception of the Ladies' Classic and Classic.