04/26/2011 9:34PM

Daunting Derby entry


Pool 3 of the 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed April 3, less than five weeks before the Derby.

Even that late, some still considered the Derby crop weak, and instead backed “all others” (No. 24) in KDFW pool 3. “All others” is anonymous. It is a bet on chaos.

It turns out KDFW pool 3 bettors who took 8.80-1 on No. 24 are getting all the best of it.

The all-others “entry” includes winners of the Arkansas Derby, Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Blue Grass.

Archarcharch won the Arkansas Derby; The Factor misfired.

Midnight Interlude went from maiden win to Grade 1 win in the scratch-decimated Santa Anita Derby.

Toby’s Corner upset the Wood as Uncle Mo faded in the lane.

Brilliant Speed upset the Blue Grass, albeit on Polytrack.

Archarcharch, Midnight Interlude, Toby’s Corner and Brilliant Speed all are part of the KDFW “all others” field, No. 24.

As a bonus, No. 24 includes Comma to the Top, the runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby. Churchill Downs removed Comma to the Top from the list of individual horses after his trainer said the gelding would not run in the Kentucky Derby. Plans change.

Furthermore, No. 24 also includes Shackleford, runner-up the Florida Derby; Master of Hounds, runner-up in the UAE Derby; and Twinspired, runner-up in the Blue Grass.

With 11 days until the Derby, that is a mighty strong eight-horse “entry.”

The $2 payoff on No. 24 would be $19.60.

Skeptics that considered it a weak crop are getting all the best of it.