Betting the Breeders’ Cup, 1984

Nov 4th 2011 12:04 pm |

I count myself among those who find things wrong with the Breeders’ Cup for 363 days of the year. But, today and tomorrow, I put all of my issues aside and enjoy the racing. After having the privilege of being in the house for last year’s Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, i’ll have to settle for watching from home this year. I’ll be betting the card on my Twinspires account and sharing ideas and observation with the solid group of racing enthusiasts on Twitter. Such a scenario is pretty amazing when you think about it — as they say, the future is now.

Of everything that has happened in racing since the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984, nothing has been as profound as the Internet on the racing masses ability to place a wager. Twenty-eight years ago, there were a total of 19 places to legally bet the Breeders’ Cup outside of Hollywood Park. As I was perusing the Daily Racing Form Archives I found this clip from 1984 with a list of the locations offering simulcast betting on the first Breeders’ Cup:

There will be 19 outlets handling simulcast wagering on all or some of Saturdays seven
Breeders Cup races, according to Ken Nungesser coordinator of the simulcast at Hollywood Park.

In the Midwest and South five tracks will handle Breeders Cup simulcasts. They are Hawthorne, Jefferson Downs, Churchill Downs, Lousiana Downs, [and] Thisteldown.

Other participating outlets are New York and Connecticut offtrack betting corporations, Aqueduct, Arlington Park, Bay Meadows, Calder, Charles Town, Delaware Park, Finger Lakes, Keystone, Laurel, Penn National, Suffolk Downs, and Turf Paradise.

As far as betting on the big day, that was it, the number of places to bet the Breeders Cup today can be counted by the number of internet connections in states where laws do not mettle with a citizen’s right to place a wager. A personalized betting window at your fingertips in the comfort of your own home is an idea that would have been hard to fathom twenty-eight years ago.

Hope everyone has a great Breeders’ Cup. You can see my picks and those of my Hello Race Fans colleagues for both Friday and Saturday on the HRF site. We are going head-to-head with the crew from Wireplayers with the loser donating $100 to the charity of the winner’s choice. It should be fun and you can follow our progress on the aforementioned picks pages. I also had the opportunity to write a BC Classic preview piece for CBS Local — check it out here!

As always, thanks for reading and best of luck Breeders Cup weekend. Let’s all cash some big tickets!

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3 Responses to “Betting the Breeders’ Cup, 1984”

  1. Mary Forney says:

    In all fairness, there were hundreds of New York OTB’s in the ’80s. 🙂

  2. fb0252 says:

    and, be happy to know, there was spotted this week on Huffington Post an actual add advertising the BC by TVG. It only appeared for 5 sec. Nevertheless!

  3. Fred says:

    You also fail to mention the large amount of neighborhood bookmakers in the 80’s who would take your bet. Also you can put in your bet with them first without money and bet on credit which is why they continue to exist.