Betting soared to a Pool 3 record of $533,973 when four days of wagering concluded on Sunday at 6 p.m. (all times EDT). That figure that pushed combined wagering for the three 2005 Derby Future pools to a record $1,665,990. The previous three-pool total in the seven-year-old wager was the $1,503,806 wagered in 2002. Total wagering on each of this year's three pool hit record highs - including a Pool 1 total of $620,362 that is the largest total for a single pool in Derby Future history.
Three of the top four betting choices at the end of the four-day pool are conditioned by two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito. Along with the favored Bellamy Road, Zito trains Tracy Farmer's Sun King, the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner and the 10-1 second choice, and Live Oak Plantation's High Fly, the winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I) and the 13-l fourth choice. The horse that broke up the Zito parade was Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained winner of the San Felipe (G2) and the pool's third choice at 12-1.
Weekend prep races had a significant impact on the pool's final odds. Bellamy Road was a 38-1 risk when Pool 3 betting opened on Saturday, but quickly became the betting favorite after his Wood Memorial romp. Greeley's Galaxy was a 99-1 shot on Saturday, but closed at 31-1 after his runaway victory in the Illinois Derby (G2).
A 10 1/2 length romp in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland prompted racing fans across North America to make the speedy Sis City a strong 5-2 favorite to win the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (G1) after four days of betting in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW") drew to a close on Sunday evening.
Three consecutive stakes victories by Sis City - with the last two coming by a combined margin of 26 1/2 lengths - and misfortune for morning line favorite Sweet Catomine, who is likely out of the Kentucky Oaks after a disappointing effort against males in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), combined to make the daughter of Slew City Slew the fans' choice in Pool 3. Sis City stood as an 18-1 outsider at the midpoint of the four-day pool, but odds on the filly plummeted after she ran away from an elite field in the Ashland that included KOFW Pool 3 betting interests Runway Model (8-1), Summerly (13-1), Letgomyecho (30-1), Memorette (38-1) and Amazing Buy (74-1).
Below are the entries and final odds for Pool Three of both the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wagers.
|Kentucky Derby Future Pool 3|
|4||Blues and Royals||15-1|
|7||Don't Get Mad||63-1|
|21||Sweet Catomine (f)||10-1|
|24||All Other 3 YO's||15-1|
|Kentucky Oaks Future Pool 3|
|5||Dance Away Capote||18-1|
|9||In The Gold||31-1|
|11||Little Money Down||45-1|
|21||The Beter Man Can||115-1|
|24||All Other 3 YO Fillies||11-1|