02/03/2014 12:31PM

Cairo Prince 8-1 individual favorite for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Barbara D. Livingston
Cairo Prince is listed at 8-1 on the morning line for Pool 2 of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Cairo Prince, an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes last month at Gulfstream Park, is the top individually listed wagering interest behind the heavily favored mutuel field in Pool 2 of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Thursday at noon Eastern for a three-day run.

A Derby futures pool in early February had traditionally been the first of the season, but last fall Churchill Downs moved Pool 1 to November for the first time, adding a fourth pool. The field, the 24th or “all others” entry, closed as the 4-5 favorite in Pool 1, followed by Honor Code at 10-1 and the since-retired New Year’s Day at 15-1. Combined handle for that pool was $273,174, the fifth-lowest total for an individual pool since future wagering was first offered in 1999.

For Pool 2, Churchill linemaker Mike Battaglia is listing the field as the 7-5 morning-line choice, followed by Cairo Prince (8-1), Honor Code (10-1), and Shared Belief (10-1).

A whopping 14 field horses from Pool 1 are now separately listed for Pool 2, meaning only nine horses from Pool 1 have been held over as single betting interests: Bobby’s Kitten, Cairo Prince, Commissioner, Havana, Honor Code, Noble Moon, Rise Up, Shared Belief, and Strong Mandate.

[ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays]

Pool 2 will close Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern or post time for the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park, whichever comes first. The Lewis is the only prep race with Derby points (10 to the winner) being held this weekend.

Pool 3 will run Feb. 27-March 1 and Pool 4 from March 27-29. All pools will run Thursday to Saturday, as opposed to the Friday-to-Sunday schedule used in prior years. A single Kentucky Oaks futures pool will be offered concurrent to Derby Pool 3.

Combined handle on Pool 1 last February for the 2013 Derby was $621,493, just shy of the record of $631,304 set with the Pool 1 in 2012. The eventual 2013 Derby winner, Orb, was a field entry in Pool 1 before being separately listed for Pools 2 and 3.

As with any pari-mutuel wager, odds are not locked in until the pool closes. There are no refunds.

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 16th year for the future wager, which was first offered in 1999. 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 will count toward the winning combination.

Lineups are chosen by John Asher of Churchill, Brad Free of Daily Racing Form, Ed DeRosa of Brisnet, and freelance racing writer Gary West.

Results are predicated on the 140th Derby at Churchill on May 3.

Kentucky Derby 
Future Wager: Pool 2
                No.         Horse    Pool 2   Pool 1
                                                M/L        odds
                1.            Bobby's Kitten  30-1       28-1
                2.            Cairo Prince       8-1         26-1
                3.            California Chrome           50-1       4-5(f)
                4.            Candy Boy           50-1       4-5(f)
                5.            Commissioner  20-1       33-1
                6.            Conquest Titan 30-1       4-5(f)
                7.            Havana 30-1       26-1
                8.            Honor Code        10-1       10-1
                9.            Indianapolis       20-1       4-5(f)
                10.          Intense Holiday                50-1       4-5(f)
                11.          Kristo    30-1       4-5(f)
                12.          Matterhorn        50-1       4-5(f)
                13.          Midnight Hawk 20-1       4-5(f)
                14.          Noble Moon      50-1       63-1
                15.          Rise Up 30-1       50-1
                16.          Samraat               30-1       4-5(f)
                17.          Shared Belief    10-1       32-1
                18.          Strong Mandate               20-1       27-1
                19.          Tapiture               20-1       4-5(f)
                20.          Tonalist                50-1       4-5(f)
                21.          Top Billing          15-1       4-5(f)
                22.          Uncle Sigh           50-1       4-5(f)
                23.          Vicar's In Trouble            20-1       4-5(f)
                24.          Field (all others)              7-5          4-5
f - Pool 1 field entry.


Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is there anywhere where you can get the past performances of the horses involved?
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Kentuckyderby.com has them since drf won't provide us with any. Thanks a lot drf. Good thing we have brisnet pp's
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
Constitution will win the derby. You're welcome
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know if Black Onyx is going to try to qualify for the Derby again this year?
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
yea he sure will maybe if he cant win as a 4yo he will try again next year as well. im sure he would win as a 5yo
Greg Stevens More than 1 year ago
U do realize he's 4 now don't u? Lol I hope ur joking
Daniel More than 1 year ago
Bravermans got him a MONSTER.....
illhaveanother9 More than 1 year ago
No love for Oaklawn? I expected to have a chance to use one or both of Cody Autrey's promising 3yos, Tanzanite Cat and Paganol. Will Take Charge made it into pool 1 last year coming off his win in The Smarty Jones on his way to becoming a Derby disappointment (I still have last year's Derby Future Tix on him). I don't see how Tanzanite Cat, with 10 qualifying points, could be left off. He may not be able to go much further than a mile, but many of the individual entrants have distance questions. Paganol could prove to be the better option from the same barn, and will probably be one of the favorites for the Southwest. Matterhorn? California Chrome? C'mon Man!
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Who thinks this info will be relevant 3 months from now?...not me. BTW, has anyone paid attention to Samraat...can you say "Wow"!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
30-1 Daniel...
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Once again, who cares about these odds, they're pretty much meaningless...I mean have you seen Samraat run off the screen the last couple of times over at Aqueduct?
Jeff Sanders More than 1 year ago
he does look wow
edb More than 1 year ago
You can throw out the 40% of the horses because Todd trains them. Just kidding. Maybe this year????? Talk about a bad track record for a race. His barn is overloaded as usual. Cairo Prince looked like a pro last out and Samraat ran a very solid race sat. Just love the odds.
Kendall Daniels More than 1 year ago
I see where you went but rarely has Todd come in with a horse that was supposed to win the Derby. It's not like he's sent 5 post time favorites and they all finished off the board. Plus, he made a huge mistake putting blinkers on PM last year. Maybe this isn't his year either but his record in this race is a bit deceiving.
edb More than 1 year ago
What about super horse Verrazano or Revolutionary last year? I have lost a few of my future horses the week of the derby and most were his. Don't you think he could have won the Preakness with Verrazano? Shame on him for taking his toys home after his poor showing in the derby. 25% of the field and off the board. That is wow bad.
John More than 1 year ago
Baffert has a couple MONSTERS still cranking up..............INDIANAPOLIS looks like a beast, another Bodemeister !
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
'll be expecting to hear of his retirement soon then
Kendall Daniels More than 1 year ago
He's not Bodemeister and doesn't look like him. 2 races in Bodemeister was running 8 furlongs and flying home in sub 12 furlongs. 3rd race he was going 8.5 furlongs in the grade 2 San Felipe. 3 races in Bob is skipping the San Felipe in favor of a 7 furlong sprint for Indianapolis. Bob's not sure about his route potential. I would be too
Walter More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister lost. I hope you think he's better than Bode.
Greg Stevens More than 1 year ago
I also like Indianapolis ...he won his first 2 VERY EASY in decent times...just have to see him stretch out now
John More than 1 year ago
Its a bad bet, but its a fun bet if you keep it small ! I bet $40 to win on a horse I saw break his maiden at Hollywood Park, and got 40-1 in the futures, "cha ching " Fusaichi Pegasus..........................all LUCK ! But fun !
Walter More than 1 year ago
Great work on spotting that one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well said. Bad but fun. Sounds like my ex-wife. I have hit in these pools Orb, ok that one was easy Real Quiet...was chasing his stablemate Indian Charlie over at Santa Anita on shorter races on the SA surface. Over to Chrurchill Downs and a 1-1/4 Cash is good.
Ron Solberg More than 1 year ago
now comes the time for major changes, some will fall others rise, every year the same.so many people have already made up there mind of who will win. hell i dont even know who will run.i make my selection about 2 hours ahead.theres one pool that they need to come up with and thats 2 y.o. coltsthat are elegible most unraced.say theres 2500 elegible just have groups of about 7 or 8 and you select one of these. the odds stay the same, and it only has a 30 day betting span.most would be about 75/1 to 300/1 and it would be chance only.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Best comment on the thread. Most of the above selections may never get to the post, much less win. You are dealing with the most fragile of animals. A thoroughbred. I also make my selection on race day, when the actual horses will actually compete, and the odds are pretty much in place.