Pricci to Breeders’ Cup: Give us another 48 hours during the pre-entry stage

by | 10.30.2011 | 12:28pm
Gomez rode Blame to victory over Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic but never won the Kentucky Derby

With final entries, post positions, early line odds, jockey assignments and equipment changes scheduled to be announced on Monday, HorseRaceInsider's John Pricci makes a plea to Breeders' Cup management on behalf of American horseplayers:  give us more time to handicap during the pre-entry stage. Adding two days – by setting pre-entries almost immediately after the final weekend of possible prep races and two weeks prior to the two-day Breeders' Cup event – could create a win-win-win situation for the bettors, the media, and the Breeders' Cup's bottom line.

After all, horseplayers are faced with a daunting task when it comes to handicapping their Breeders' Cup wagers: 15 races with 14-horse fields, surface switches involved, and European horses to research. Pricci writes:

“Breeders' Cup has a vested interest in how well the media does its job at the bottom line. Moving the draw from Tuesday to Monday is well applauded in most circles.

Five days–more like 4 ½ when all the data is collated–is not sufficient time to research 15 races if, like 98 percent of your audience, bettors are not professional horseplayers. Most people have day jobs–those that can find work, that is.”

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