In a betting pool that saw the defection of unbeaten juvenile champion Declan's Moon from the Kentucky Derby trail, bettors across North America settled on "all others" as the lukewarm favorite when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") ended its four-day run on Sunday evening.
The mutuel field, the betting interest that included all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in KDFW Pool 2, picked up strong support during Sunday's final hours of wagering to close as the 6-1 favorite in the record-setting pool. Cash Is King Farm's Afleet Alex, the betting favorite after Friday and Saturday's Pool 2 sessions, closed as the 8-1 second betting choice.
Total wagering in Pool 2 was a $511,655, which was easily the highest total for the four-day pool in its seven-year history. It marked the first time that total betting in the year's second pool had cleared the $500,000 mark. The previous record for the pool was the $401,070 wagered during Pool 2 of 2002. Pool 2 followed the lead of February's opening pool of the 2005 Derby Future Wager, which generated total wagering of $620,362, an all-time record for an individual KDFW Pool. Total betting in the first two pools of 2005 stands at a record $1,132,017 after Sunday's final session of Derby Future wagering saw $238,312 added to the pool.
Champion filly Sweet Catomine emerged as a solid favorite in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW), but there was also strong support for the rapidly improving Summerly as wagering in the four-day pool concluded on Sunday evening.
The reigning 2-year-old filly champion and winner of the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) was a clear 3-1 favorite among 24 wagering interests in the March 10-13 pool. Wagering in the pool closed before the Julio Canani-trained daughter of Storm Cat was scheduled to run as a heavy favorite in the Santa Anita Oaks (GI) at Santa Anita.
Although she did not threaten Sweet Catomine for the role of favorite, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLCs Summerly attracted considerable support during the final two days of KOFW Pool 2 and closed as the 6-1 second choice. The odds on the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Summer Squall dropped sharply following her easy victory in Saturdays $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII). Summerly had opened Saturdays betting at 28-1, saw her odds plummet to 8-1 by the end of that days wagering, and attracted even more support before the pool closed at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday evening.
Below are the entries and final odds for Pool Two of both the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wagers.
|2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2|
|5||Don't Get Mad||21-1|
|6||Fusaichi Rock Star||60-1|
|14||Lost in the Fog||13-1|
|22||Sweet Catomine (f)||16-1|
|24||All Other 3 YO's||6-1|
|2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 2|
|2||Cream Donut Keith||21-1|
|3||Eyes on Eddy||60-1|
|5||In The Gold||29-1|
|9||Little Money Down||37-1|
|24||All Other 3 YO Fillies||10-1|