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Breeders’ Cup Post Times and Wagering Menu Announced


October 22, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Highlighted by world’s largest guaranteed Pick 6 betting pool and new Super High 5 wagers, the Breeders’ Cup announced today the post times and wagering menu for the 25th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, to be held on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The expanded two-day program includes 14 Breeders’ Cup races worth $25.5 million in prize money.

Each race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests, with the exception of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, each of which have a maximum of 12 horses. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race; and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through the all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday. Over the 24 years of the Breeders’ Cup, Exacta payouts have averaged a robust $230.00, while Trifecta payouts have averaged $2,600.

Championship Saturday features the world’s largest guaranteed pool, the $3 million Ultra Pick 6. Four times in the past ten years, players have become millionaires by correctly selecting the six winners. Graham Stone won $2.7 million on an $8 ticket at the 2003 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, correctly selecting six winners of six consecutive Breeders Cup races on one ticket. The Ultra Pick 6 has a mandatory payout for Saturday.

Also new this year is Super High 5 wagering on both the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In the Super High 5, bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super Hi Five on Friday, the pool will carry over to Saturday’s Super High 5 on the Classic, where there will be a mandatory payout.

There will be a Breeders’ Cup Pick 6 on Championship Friday, with a carryover provision into Saturday if no one correctly selects the six winners.

“With 14 World Championship races over the two days, racing fans around the world will have the opportunity to watch and enjoy the ‘best betting days in sports,’ as the Breeders’ Cup has proven year after year,” said Ken Kirchner, who has overseen wagering programs for the Breeders’ Cup since 1996. “It’s the high quality of the fields that produces the incredible betting value, from the Ultra Pick 6 which can return millions, to lucrative exacta and Trifecta payouts. With ten cent superfectas and the new Super High 5 Wagers, these are two days every player wants to load up on.”

Other featured wagers this year include:

  • Ten-cent superfectas will be offered on every race.

  • Two of the Breeders’ Cup Saturday Pick 4s are guaranteed with the early Pick 4 starting on race 2 at a $1 million guarantee and the Pick 4 starting on race 6 with a $2 million guarantee.


The Breeders’ Cup again will be a truly global competition for the horses and fans. Wagering will be conducted in over 20 countries, including Canada, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Jamaica, and Trinidad.

There will be a total of 10 races (five Breeders’ Cup races) on the Championship Friday program. First post time on Friday is 11:05 a.m. (all times Pacific Time). Post time for the first Championship race, featuring the first-ever all Female program of major stakes races, is at 12:35 p.m. The five Breeders’ Cup races will be: $1 million Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint; $1 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies; $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the $2 million Ladies Classic. ESPN2 will televise the five Breeders’ Cup races beginning at 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Championship Saturday, first post time is 10:10 a.m. The program will begin with nine consecutive Breeders’ Cup races. ABC Sports will televise four races from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by the remaining five races on ESPN from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. The nine Breeders’ Cup Championship races will be: $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon; $1 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint; $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, $2 million Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup Sprint, $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Official Race Order and Wagering Menu (all times listed in Pacific Time)

Friday, October 24

Race 1—Santa Anita Race 1, 11:05 a.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 2—Santa Anita Race 2, 11:35 a.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 3—Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup F&M Sprint, 12:35 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3, Ultra Pick 6
Race 4—Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, 1:15 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 5—Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, 1:55 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3, Pick 4
Race 6—Emirates Airlines Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf G1, 2:35 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 7—Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic G1, 3:15 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, SUPER HI 5, DD, Pick 3, Pick 4
Race 8—Las Palmas Handicap G2, 3:55 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 9—Santa Anita Race 9, 4:30 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD
Race 10—Santa Anita Race 10, 5:05 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER

Saturday, October 25

Race 1—Breeders’ Cup Marathon, 10:10 a.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 2—Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, 10:50 a.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3, Pick 4
Race 3—TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, 11:30 a.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 4—Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, 12:15 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3, Ultra Pick 6
Race 5—Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1, 12:55 p.m.
                 WPS EX, TRI, SUPER Pick 3
Race 6—Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, 1:35 p.m.
                 WPS EX, TRI, SUPER, Pick 3, Pick 4
Race 7—Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup Sprint G1, 2:15 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3
Race 8—Emirates Airlines Breeders’ Cup Turf G1, 3:00 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD, Pick 3, Pick 4
Race 9—Breeders’ Cup Classic G1, 3:45 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, SUPER HI 5, DD, Pick 3
Race 10—Damascus Stakes, 4:20 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, DD
Race 11—Oak Tree Derby, 4:55 p.m.
                 WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER