02/09/2010 12:00AM

Derby Future interests to be named Wednesday


Churchill Downs officials planned to release Wednesday at noon Eastern the lineup of 23 separate wagering interests for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, for which action has been reduced to three days from the traditional four.

Pool 1 will begin Friday at noon Eastern and run through 6 p.m. Sunday. Besides the 23 separate interests, the mutuel field, or the 24th "all others" option, will also be available. The field has closed as the Pool 1 favorite every year since Churchill inaugurated the parimutuel futures in 1999.

All three pools in the 2010 futures will be held on a Friday through a Sunday, with Pool 2 running from March 5-7 and Pool 3 from March 26-28. This is the first year that Thursdays have been eliminated from the schedule. Exactas will be available on all three pools this year, but not on the lone Kentucky Oaks futures pool, which will coincide with Derby Pool 2.