04/06/2003 11:00PM

Empire Maker is Pool 3 pick


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Empire Maker was the solid 5-2 favorite when the third and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday, while Storm Flag Flying was the 7-2 favorite in the inaugural Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

Empire Maker will return $7 for a $2 Pool 3 win wager if he wins the Derby on May 3. Only one Derby Future payoff has been lower, the Pool 3 return for Fusaichi Pegasus ($6.60), when he won in 2000. Empire Maker is scheduled for his final Derby prep Saturday in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Following Empire Maker in Pool 3, as the 7-1 second choice, is the mutuel field, or all 3-year-olds except the 23 separately listed wagering interests. Then comes Badge of Silver (9-1), Peace Rules (12-1), Buddy Gil (13-1), Atswhatimtalknbout (13-1), and Ten Most Wanted (17-1).

After Storm Flag Flying, the next choices in the Oaks Future wager are Elloluv (6-1), Holiday Lady (7-1), Lady Tak (10-1), the mutuel field (10-1), and Bird Town (15-1).

Handle on both pools was lower than anticipated: The Oaks drew a mere $117,368, while only $222,261 was bet on the Derby's Pool 3, second-lowest in the five-year history of the wager. But Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton called the combined total "strong," adding, "It is clear the Oaks Future Wager had an impact on Pool 3, so this should provide us with some guidance for the future of both wagers."

Combined wagering on the three Derby pools this year was $1,130,169, third-best in the wager's history. The field was the favorite in the two previous pools. Pool 1 was offered Feb. 13-16 and Pool 2 ran March 13-16.


No.HorsePool 1 FinalPool 2 FinalPool 3 Final
4Badge of Silver11-110-19-1
6Buddy Gil2-17-212-1
7Domestic Dispute19-128-141-1
9Empire Maker12-17-25-2
10Funny Cide93-159-152-1
12Indy Dancer18-117-118-1
14Lion Tamer20-119-143-1
15Man Among Men29-125-128-1
16Ministers Wild Cat24-127-128-1
17New York Hero2-17-240-1
18Ocean Terrace2-140-147-1
19Offlee Wild34-137-124-1
20Peace Rules66-118-112-1
21Region of Merit2-148-146-1
22Ten Most Wanted2-17-217-1
23Trust N Luck19-129-1Scr
24All other 3-year-olds2-17-27-1


No.HorseFinal Odds
2Atlantic Ocean25-1
3Bird Town15-1
6Final Round26-1
7Go For Glamour67-1
8Harbor Blues99-1
9Holiday Lady7-1
10Island Fashion48-1
12Lady Tak10-1
13Mezzo SopranoScr
14Midnight Cry53-1
15My Boston Gal21-1
16My Trusty Cat27-1
17Perfect Story40-1
18Ruby's Deception42-1
19Santa Catarina19-1
20Storm Flag Flying7-2
21Unbridled Femme64-1
22Westerly Breeze43-1
24All other 3-year-olds10-1