03/24/2015 12:36PM

American Pharoah, Dortmund top Derby Futures Pool 4

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American Pharoah wins the Rebel Stakes on March 14 in his 3-year-old debut.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bob Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund are the top morning-line choices in the fourth and final pool in the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern for a three-day run.

Churchill Downs linemaker Mike Battaglia has listed American Pharoah as the 9-2 choice in Pool 4 over Dortmund (5-1), with Carpe Diem next at 6-1. Next at 8-1 is the field, the 24th or “all others” entry, followed by Firing Line (12-1) and three horses at 15-1.

The field closed as the favorite in each of the first three pools: at 3-5 in Pool 1, which ran Nov. 28-30; 5-2 in Pool 2 (Feb. 6-8); and 4-1 in Pool 3 (Feb. 27-March 1).

Pool 4 closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

There are seven new names in Pool 4: Ami’s Flatter, Bold Conquest, Dubai Sky, Frosted, Madefromlucky, Materiality, and Mubtaahij.

Out from Pool 3 are Danzig Moon, Khozan, Lord Nelson, Ocean Knight, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Texas Red, and The Great War. Only seven horses have been listed in all four pools: American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Daredevil, Dortmund, El Kabeir, Mr. Z, and Upstart. Frosted was a separately listed entry in the first two pools but was dropped for Pool 3.

Handle on Pool 4 last year was $336,717, which was down 16 percent from the corresponding pool in 2013.

Aggregate handle on the first three pools stands at $1,105,502. The record for aggregate handle is $1,665,990, set in 2005. Aggregate handle for 2014 was $1,324,466.

In Pool 4 last year, the eventual Derby winner, California Chrome, closed at 9-1.

Real-time odds and exacta will-pays are available on selected monitors at tracks and wagering outlets where futures are offered, as well as on kentuckyderby.com. Minimum wagers are $2 to win and $2 for exactas, although $1 boxes or part-wheels may be used to reach that $2 exacta minimum.

This is the 17th year for the future wager. Exacta wagering was added in 2009. In the case of field horses filling both exacta slots, the next-best finish by a separately listed horse counts toward the winning combination.

Lineups are chosen by a five-person committee, all employees of Churchill Downs. Results are predicated on the 141st Derby at Churchill on May 2.

Mary Sivak More than 1 year ago
When will far from over run again
Jeris More than 1 year ago
Wood Memorial on April 4th.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Future betting has got to be the worst bet of all times, a suckers bet for sure. Keep your money in your pocket or close by. When the post positions are drawn, go buy the PP"s and handicap your race.... This is free information....... PS all you handicappers, pay close attention when the Eddie Plesa trainee Souper Colassal runs, all race horse !
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Obviously you don't understand the whole concept of futures betting. Comparing futures to race day betting is silly. They are two different things..it would be like saying you should not buy stock options because they are more risky than buying the stock. the point is that we know that and are willing to take that risk for a better reward. I could give you a page full of examples of how much more the futures exactas have paid in relation to the race day payouts. Basically you're speculating and if you're right you get paid well.
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
How can anyone actually play an exacta now for the Derby. Can I book it?
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
if you were booking my futures exacts the last 4 years you would in deep debt.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
im happy with my pool one exactas AMERICAN PHAROH X UPSTART 1595...UPSTART X AMERICAN PHAROH 1367...AM PHAROH X DORTMUND 295...DORTMUND X AM PHAROH 271...UPSTART X DORTMUND 798..DORTMUND X UPSTART 612..Also have some with EL KABEIR and UPSTART,AMERICAN PHAROH,DORTMUND that go from 5889..2640..933. and boxes as well.so if these make it to the starting gate and there's no guarantee they will but if they do im going to have a lot of fun rooting. also have a few others in the following pools like INTERNATIONAL STAR,BLOFELD and the other top 3.boxed and straight..right now I feel like im sitting on the best horses in the race at very good locked in odds.
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
I like your choices. I've knocked the last 2 years playing 5-7 w/field. This year, the straight exactas look like the winning combo. You have FL, LA, Ark and Santa Anita covered. We'll have to see who wins the preps. Me, hoping for some field horses to show up.
Jeris More than 1 year ago
I'd be happy with the prices, but leaving out Carpe Diem might cost you, I think he's a real contender.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Derby horses I won't bet 1st or 2nd in trifecta and superfecta : Dortmund, American pharaoh, up start Derby horses I will bet 1st and 2nd in trifecta and superfecta and pick 4 : firing line, maftool( if he runs) mubtaahij ( if he runs) carpe diem, materiality ( big winner in Florida derby) , far from over, international star , el kabier, Horses I will bet 3rd and 4th : MR. Z !!!! , American pharaoh, wAr story, prospect park, up start, Dubai sky, and all horses I played 1st and 2nd This ticket may cost, but I will triple my investment, if not, more!!!!
Walter More than 1 year ago
Tommy, With all due respect, the teller should rip the tickets before he gives them to you. Dortmund is something very special and will win the KD. His ability and versatile running style makes him a major Triple Crown threat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to break it to you Walter but it's a 20 horse race and anything can happen. Chrome ran a dream race last year as the favorite and made it look really easy. I doubt that will happen again. Personally my exacta bet for pool three was 24/1 which is field/pharaoh. It pays a couple thousand if it hits, just a hunch ;)
tommy More than 1 year ago
Not a bad bet!! The Dubai horses will be included in the field in pool 3 along with materiality !!! You should have bet the field to win!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
I will made that bet any day!! It's not like Dortmund dominated the field!! He won his races by 1 length or less in short races!! The kentucky derby is longer distances and he will get tired very fast because he has a low vo2 max!!!
Walter More than 1 year ago
Hey Churchill! Get with the times and lower the takeout on these future bets. You will see an increase in handle. Yes, that increase in handle will clearly surpass and make up for your takeout profit loss. Bottom line you still win and the horseplayers also win.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
low takeout is always a positive for bettors and the track too, in the long run..especially on a bet that has a 100% takeout on the horses that scratch.
Walter More than 1 year ago
In this case, CDI really has no basis for the high take on this bet. It's all profit after some minor operational expenses. In their live race take, the money goes to purses, plant expenses, etc., so takeout is understandable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is sad that the writer does not know the difference between exacta will-pays and exacta probables. Exacta probables will be shown on the monitors and exacta will-pays will be posted by Churchill after betting closes.