Updated on 09/16/2011 8:07AM

Ups and downs of game reflected in Pool 2

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On July 6, Disturbingthepeace was a little-known Cal-bred making a big jump to graded stakes company. He was 16.50-1 that day in the Grade 2 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park, and was, by default, one of the field horses in the Breeders' Cup Sprint Future Bet, which was being offered that same weekend.

Two months later, following his decisive victory in the Triple Bend and two more graded sprint stakes, Disturbingthepeace is the 12-1 co-fourth choice in this weekend's Sprint future wager. His six straight wins make him one of the hottest horses in the country.

The sudden success of horses like Disturbingthepeace is one of the reasons that the , the second round for the Classic, Distaff, and Sprint, will feature 23 new horses, or roughly one-third of the horses listed individually in the three pools. In two months, a lot in horse racing can change.

"Since we offered the last one in July, we've had a couple of horses get injured, a couple of horses not run so well, and a couple of horses jump up and establish themselves as legitimate contenders," said Ken Kirchner, the vice president of product development for Breeders' Cup. "That's horse racing."

As a testament to that dynamic, Forest Secrets, who was listed at 50-1 in the morning line in the Distaff, was scratched from the wagering on Wednesday when the committee that picked the fields discovered that she had injured a leg recently and was taken out of training. Forest Secrets will not be replaced by another individual horse in the wagering.

Eight new horses appear as individual betting interests in the Classic, including Repent, the second-place finisher in the Travers Stakes. Street Cry, the favorite in the first pool at 4-1, remains the favorite in the Classic at 6-1 on the morning line.

Seven new horses appear in the Distaff, where Azeri is still the favorite, and eight new horses appear in the Sprint, which took two big hits over the past 60 days when top sprinters Caller One and Left Bank were sent to the sidelines. Partly as a result, the field has been installed the 6-1 morning-line favorite.

Bets will be taken starting on Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Betting closes on Monday night at 7 Eastern. Bets are win only, and no refunds will be issued. Nearly all outlets across the country are expected to offer the wager, including New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, which had declined to take the first two installments of the future bet.

Betting handle on the first two future-bet weekends has met Breeders' Cup's expectations, but it has not exceeded them. Handle was $160,000 for the Classic-Sprint-Distaff July 4-7, and approximately $100,000 three weeks ago on the Turf, Mile, and Filly and Mare Turf.

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