11/30/2014 7:29PM

Field at 3-5 as Derby Futures Pool 1 closes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field has closed as an odds-on favorite in Pool 1 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Dortmund the heaviest-backed individual interest.

When closing Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, the field, the 24th or “all others” option, was 3-5, the lowest price ever in the 17-year history of Churchill Downs offering parimutuel futures. Then came Dortmund (9-1), American Pharoah (12-1), Texas Red (14-1), and Carpe Diem (15-1). The other 19 separately listed horses are 27-1 or higher, with five of them 99-1 and above.

Dortmund, trained by Bob Baffert, was a flashy winner of a Churchill Downs allowance Saturday, one race before El Kabeir won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. El Kabeir closed at 74-1 in the futures.

Combined handle for Pool 1, which had a three-day run with a Friday opening, was $232,204, with $183,984 bet to win and $48,220 in exactas. That’s the fourth-lowest ever; the only lower handles were two pools in the inaugural year of 1999 and the final pool in 2003. Last November, the combined handle was $273,174.

The lowest exacta will-pay combination is the field over Texas Red (24-20), worth $32.20 for $2.

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. Last year in Pool 1, the field over Ride On Curlin (24-18) returned $207 for $2.

This was the second time Churchill offered a futures pool before February. Last year, only one of the 23 separately listed horses from Pool 1 eventually made the Derby: Ride On Curlin, who ran seventh at 17-1. The field, represented by California Chrome, returned an all-time low of $3.60 for a $2 win bet.

Pool 2 is set for Feb. 6-8; Pool 3, Feb. 27 to March 1; and Pool 4, March 27-29. All pools will run from Friday to Sunday, as opposed to a Thursday-to-Saturday schedule used last year. A single Kentucky Oaks futures pool will be offered concurrent to Derby Pool 3.

On Tuesday, Churchill is scheduled to ask the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for permission to offer a permutation on the futures concept with a “Derby Sire Future Wager.” Churchill spokesman John Asher said it is in the exploratory stage, with payoffs predicated on the order of finish according to sire.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Final Odds
(No., Horse, trainer, Final odds)
1. American Pharoah, B. Baffert, 12-1
2. Blofeld, T. Pletcher, 40-1
3. Calculator, P. Miller, 71-1
4. Carpe Diem, T. Pletcher, 15-1
5. Classy Class, K. McLaughlin, 126-1
6. Competitive Edge, T. Pletcher, 48-1
7. Daredevil, T. Pletcher, 48-1
8. Dortmund, B. Baffert, 9-1
9. Eagle, N. Howard, 54-1
10. El Kabeir, J. Terranova, 74-1
11. Frosted, K. McLaughlin, 38-1
12. I Spent It, A. Dutrow, 100-1
13. Imperia, K. McLaughlin, 27-1
14. Lord Nelson, B. Baffert, 72-1
15. Lucky Player, S. Asmussen, 130-1
16. Mr. Z, D. Lukas, 47-1
17. Ocho Ocho Ocho, J. Cassidy, 29-1
18. Ostrolenka, T. Pletcher, 140-1
19. Punctuate, B. Baffert, 64-1
20. Texas Red, K. Desormeaux, 14-1
21. The Great War, W. Ward, 72-1
22. Unblunted, M. McCarthy, 185-1
23. Upstart, R. Violette, 53-1
24. Mutuel field (all others), n/a, 3-5
Combined handle: $232,204

Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
This bet has completely lost what little luster it had. You can't offer this bet so far out and not have at least 50 betting options. ONE horse from this corresponding pool made the race last year. That's all I need to know.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
give me 108-1 on Eagle :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CDI has lost my interest in their futures bet. After last years' fiasco, my bets on Honor Code and Shared Belief went south early and I was just giving them my money. They are pompous and really don't care about their customers or the horse people, They should lower their takeout on these bets, but they run a ruthless business. Maybe a sire bet would be better in Nov. than this waste of time and money bet. How can you run a good thing into such as a bad thing?
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
I'll gladly book this bet, giving the same 3-5 odds on the field, and I'll DOUBLE Churchill's odds on any separate betting interest in the pool. Any interest?
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Why doesn't Churchill offer every 3yo colt/gelding/filly who is nominated to the Triple Crown as a separate betting interest? Why would anyone in their right mind take these paltry odds on a race 6 months out, where it is unlikely that a horse listed as a separate betting interest will qualify for the race? The field @ 3-5? SERIOUSLY? I thought the point of a future pool was to obtain huge odds on a horse and hope he/she is lucky enough to make it to the starting gate the 1st Saturday of May. How exciting it must be to get 3-5 on the field in a race 6 months out! Pure lunacy, if you ask me. Again, why would ANYONE place a wager on this future wager?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it time for that already ?!! Maybe churchill will be shutdown by feds by then, for fixing horse racing and stealing money.
Arthur Fischman More than 1 year ago
In the exacta, what happens if no individual listed horse(of the 23) runs. Since they don't sell a field/field exacta, what would it pay on?
DRFMcGee More than 1 year ago
It'd be field over all (24-all) ... with a consolation probably paying about $2.80 for $2.
john g More than 1 year ago
I'll save my money and buy a $2 lottery ticket.