03/28/2014 8:23AM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field at 6-1 after first day; California Chrome 9-1

Tom Keyser
Social Inclusion was 10-1 after one day of betting for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field occupied its customary spot as the favorite after the first full day of betting into the fourth and final pool in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which began a three-day run Thursday at noon Eastern.

As of Friday morning, and with $36,406 in the win pool, the field, the 24th or “all others option,” was the 6-1 favorite, followed by California Chrome (9-1), Social Inclusion (10-1), Cairo Prince (11-1), Constitution (14-1), Tapiture (14-1), Candy Boy (15-1), Intense Holiday (16-1), Ring Weekend (16-1), and Samraat (16-1). Another $15,324 had been bet in exactas.

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

Pool 4 will close Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern, prior to the runnings of the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. As with any parimutuel wager, odds are not locked in until the pool closes. There are no refunds.

The field was favored in all three of the earlier pools, which were held Nov. 27-30; Feb. 6-8; and Feb. 27-March 1.

This is the first year Churchill has had four futures pools for the Derby. Last fall, Churchill moved Pool 1 into a preceding calendar year for the first time.

Handle has slumped noticeably thus far for the Derby futures. Pool 3 handle was $334,326, down 18 percent versus the corresponding period in 2013. Pool 2 handle was $380,249, down a whopping 39 percent for the corresponding period. And Pool 1 handle was $273,174, the fifth-lowest total since the futures were first offered in 1999.

Real-time odds and exacta will-pays are available on selected monitors at tracks and wagering outlets where futures are offered, as well as at 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. 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.

The 140th Derby will be run May 3.


Walter More than 1 year ago
Hey CDI, Next year, try the novel idea of lowering takeout. Make it 5-6 % and you will see the pools get much better. You will still make your profits, so no worries.
Francois Comeaux More than 1 year ago
No Refunds on future pool…. Sounds like a going out of business attempt...
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
Sucker's bet. They don't refund for scratches or non starters. And it's too early in the year to really know who the best horse is. Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud hated the triple crown races. They really should run those races for four year olds but they are too greedy to wait for the studs rights on them one more year. One of the reasons there has not been a triple crown winner in so many years. These horses can't run the longer distances.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Hoppertunity as I first said after his maiden win is the horse from California if any to consider for the derby. I also said maybe Bayern . He not so much anymore having missed time . No one else from there has any shot IMO.
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
golly !!! I kind of like Candy Boys chances in the Derby but now that Mark has consulted his crystal ball I guess Ill have to throw him out.
Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
$36,406 bet on the first day? Why even bother? If you want this pool to grow, you need to allow bettors the chance to bet ALL the horses, not just the 23 that your 4-person panel selects. Do the right thing for once and open up this wager to all entrants.