Dates for the three pools of Churchill Downs' 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are now set with three chances to wager on the 139th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 4. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will again have only a single pool in 2013 which will run concurrent with the second Derby Future pool.
Dates for the pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is now in its 15th year, are:
- Pool 1 - Feb. 8-10 (12 weeks before the Derby)
- Pool 2 - March 1-3 (nine weeks before the Derby)
- Pool 3 - March 22-24 (six weeks before the Derby)
Wagering on each of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools will open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday and close on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pools will feature both win and exacta wagering.
The single three-day pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, now in its eleventh year, is scheduled for March 1-3 and will run concurrent to Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with win and exacta available. Betting on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool will open at noon on Friday and is set to conclude on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., half hour after the conclusion of betting on Kentucky Derby Future pool 2.
The wagers provide racing fans opportunities to bet on potential Derby and Oaks entrants at odds that could be considerably more attractive than those available on raceday. Winning mutuel payouts on both wagers are determined by the odds that are in place at the conclusion of each respective betting pool.
The 139th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), America's greatest race and the 1 1/4-mile first jewel of the coveted Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, is scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs. The $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), the nation's top prize for 3-year-old fillies, will be run on Friday, May 3, the day before the Derby. Like the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks has been contested annually since 1875 and its 2013 renewal will mark the 139th consecutive year that the 1 1/8-mile "Derby for Fillies" has been run beneath the track's historic Twin Spires.
Both the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pools consist of 24 wagering interests that include 23 individual horses and a mutuel field, or "all others" interest. In the Kentucky Derby wager, the mutuel field is made up of all other 3-year-olds including fillies. The mutuel field in the Kentucky Oaks bet consists of all other 3-year-old fillies.
All bets in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are $2 minimum wagers. No refund will be made on any wager placed during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future pools. If it is determined during an individual pool that any of the individual betting interests has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent that horse from competing in either race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.
Wagering on the Derby and Oaks Future wagers is available through TwinSpires.com and other advance deposit wagering platforms and at racetracks and simulcast centers throughout North America.
Wagering interests for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools will be announced on the Wednesday prior to the Friday start of each pool. Real-time odds and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com, and information on the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will be available at www.KentuckyOaks.com.
I'll Have Another's win in the 2012 Kentucky Derby paid $32.60 for a $2 wager on race day at Churchill Downs. In the Future Wager, his $2 win payouts were $60.20 in Pool 1, $46.20 in Pool 2 and $45.60 in Pool 3. Exacta payouts on the I'll Have Another-Bodemeister 1-2 finish returned $306.60 on Derby Day, while the Kentucky Derby Future Wager exacta returned $257.80 on Pool 1 (a 13-24 exacta in which Bodemeister was a member of the "All Others" mutuel field), $1,661 in Pool 2 (12-3) and $1,351.40 in Pool 3 (10-2).
Eventual Oaks winner Believe You Can returned $29.60 for a $2 win bet and the $2 exacta with runner-up Broadway's Alibi (9-6) paid $173. Believe You Can's mutuel payout in the Oaks Future Wager pool was $74.80 and the 4-24 exacta combination with runner-up Broadway's Alibi (as part of the mutuel field) returned $378.40.
You may also want to participate in Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby fantasy stable contest the Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge. The contest will open for entries soon and the first scoring races are in March.
Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said: "We were very encouraged by the strength of our Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools in 2012, and our 2013 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future bet schedules were formulated along those same lines. We think and hope that there will be continued growth in interest in both races as racing fans of all types and skill levels follow the new point systems for the 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' and 'Road to the Kentucky Oaks' that will for the first time determine which horses will compete in those races. We believe that the curiosity about the new Derby and Oaks eligibility systems could shine a brighter-than-usual spotlight on the preps leading up to both races and both Future Wagers could benefit from growing fan interest and expanded media coverage."
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