Update: Pool One of the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager is now closed. As expected the field wound up the favorite at only 8-5. Allowance winner Verrazano, undefeated in his only two lifetime starts, is the second choice at 11-1. Flashback, undefeated winner of the Robert Lewis Stakes (G2) last out, was the third choice at 12-1. The total amount wagered during Pool One was $621,493, which is down from the record pool last year of $631,304. Of that, $481,632 was bet to win while $139,861 went into the exacta pool. Win wager will-pay prices and exacta prices are available here
The 2013 edition of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set to open its first three-day run on Friday February 8, and the mutuel field, the wagering interest that includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual betting interests in the pool, has once again been installed as the 9-5 favorite by Churchill Downs Racetrack oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.
The mutuel field has been favored in the opening Kentucky Derby Future Pool in each year since Churchill Downs introduced the wager in 1999, both on the morning line and the final odds, and the Kentucky Derby winner was part of the field in Pool One in five of the last eleven years. Shanghai Bobby, 2-year-old champion of 2012, and Violence, winner of the Withers Stakes, are the co-second favorites at 12-1 and both are trained by Todd Pletcher. In fact, seven of the 23 horses in Pool One are trained by Pletcher. Other trainers with multiple horses in Pool one are Bob Baffert with four of the horses, Doug O'Neill with two, and D. Wayne Lukas also with two.
"It's normal and logical for 'All Others' to be favored in the opening pool of the Derby Future Wager, but it's rare for me to set its morning line odds so low," said Mike Battaglia, who has established morning line odds for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1975. "No individual horse has really grabbed the attention of Derby fans, and while several lightly-raced horses have been impressive, they are question marks in terms of experience. It will be fun to shop for attractive prices on individual horses, but most fans figure to find their way back to the mutuel field before the pool closes."
Wagering on the three-day pool opens at noon (all times EST) on Friday February 8 and will continue until 6pm on Sunday, February 10. Racetracks and off-track betting centers across North America will offer the wager. Pool 2 is scheduled for March 1-3 and will also include the single Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool. The third and final pool is set for March 22-24. The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. Full rules and info for the wager is available here.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager is coming off one of its most successful years with a combined $1,470,019 wagered in its trio of 2012 pools. The 2012 betting total was the fourth largest in Kentucky Derby Future Wager history and reflected a wagering increase of 7.9% over the 2011 three-pool total of $1,362,101.
Below are the wagering interests with morning line and morning line odds for Pool One of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
|2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1|
|#||Name||M/L Odds||Final Odds|
|10||He's Had Enough||50-1||50-1|
|18||Super Ninety Nine||20-1||47-1|
|23||Will Take Charge||30-1||61-1|
|24||Mutuel field (all other 3-year-olds)||9-5||8-5|