Seven Breeders' Cup races draw 110 preliminary entries

October 17, 1990|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- Swelled by a record 25 entrants for the $3 million Classic and a huge contingent of European imports, the seven Breeders' Cup races at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 attracted 110 preliminary entries yesterday.

The Classic, the sport's richest race, never had attracted more ,, than the limit of 14 entries, but in a season marked more by defection than achievement among 3-year-olds and handicap horses, the crush at the entry box was no surprise.

A field of 14 will be selected by next Wednesday, when final entries for the seven races will be drawn, with post positions and jockeys.

The fields for the Classic and the three other over-subscribed races -- the $2 million Turf, the $1 million Sprint and the $1 million Mile -- will be determined by a split system.

Nine starting berths go to those horses that have amassed the most points through their performances in graded stakes races, and the other five starters will be chosen by a committee of racing officials.

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