02/08/2008 1:00AM

Field 5-2, War Pass 7-2 in Derby future betting


The mutuel field, the 24th or "all others" option, continued as the slight favorite over War Pass midway through the second of four days of wagering into Pool 1 of the 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

As of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and with $47,492 bet into the win-only wager, the field was a 5-2 choice over the 23 separately listed entries. War Pass was a clear-cut second choice at 7-2, followed by Pyro (9-1), Court Vision (14-1), El Gato Malo (19-1), Monba (19-1), Crown of Thorns (21-1), and Majestic Warrior (22-1).

The field has closed as the Pool 1 favorite every year since Churchill Downs first began offering parimutuel futures in 1999.

Meanwhile, as of 5 p.m., the field was slightly favored at 3-1 in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after $8,625 in wagering. Indian Blessing and Country Star were co-second choices at 7-2 among the 21 separately listed entries, followed by Pure Clan (11-1), Proud Spell (15-1), and Game Face (18-1). By the Light and Sea Chanter were early scratches.

Wagering into Pool 1 for the Derby closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, with Oaks Pool 1 closing a half-hour later. Last year, Derby Pool 1 closed with $520,688 in handle, and the Oaks with $66,206.

Pool 2 for both the Derby and Oaks is set for March 6-9, and Pool 3 will run April 3-6. The 134th Oaks and Derby will be run May 2 and 3, respectively.