Dates for the three pools of Churchill Downs' 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are now set with three chances to wager on the 137th renewal of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 7. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will again have only a single pool in 2011 which will run concurrent with the second Derby Future pool.
Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for Feb. 18-20, Pool 2 is scheduled for March 11-13, and the third and final pool will be conducted April 1-3. Wagering on the lone 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is set for March 11-13.
As in past years, betting will open each day of the Derby and Oaks pools at noon (all times Eastern). The Kentucky Derby pools will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, while betting on the lone Kentucky Oaks pool will conclude at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after Pool 2 Derby Future betting is wrapped up.
Exacta wagering, added in 2009, will be offered during all three KDFW pools in 2011. The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will also include exacta wagering for the first time ever.
All bets in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are $2 minimum wagers. There are no refunds on any wagers made during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools. If it is determined during those pools that one of the individual horses has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that will prevent that horse from competing in either race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended at that point.
Winning payouts in all Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wager pools are based on the odds that are in place on each wagering interest at the conclusion of each respective pool.
Each pool of the Derby and Oaks Future Wagers features 24 betting interests that include 23 individual horses. The 24th wagering interest for the Derby Future Wager is a mutuel field that includes all other 3-year-olds. The final betting interest in the Oaks Future Wager is a mutuel field that includes all other 3-year-old fillies.
The 137th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs. The $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Oaks, which will also be run for 137th time in 2009, is set for Friday, May 6. Both races have been held without interruption since the first racing meet at Churchill Downs was conducted in 1875.
A total of $1,132,055 was wagered on the three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools in 2010 as total betting on the wager topped the $1 million mark for the eleventh consecutive time in its 12-year history. Wagering on the Kentucky Oaks pool in 2010 totaled $61,901.
Last year was a good year for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with winning payouts in all three pools on Super Saver being significantly larger than the $18 he paid on Derby Day. A $2 KDFW bet on Super Saver returned $43.20 in Pool 1, $51.20 in Pool 2 and $73 in Pool 3. The Derby Future bet’s $2 exacta 1-2 Derby finishers Super Saver and Ice Box returned $176.40 for Pool 1, $259.20 for Pool 2, and a whopping $1,077.40 for Pool 3. The exacta that combined those two horses on Derby Day returned $152.40.