03/01/2013 6:32PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field 8-5 Pool 2 favorite as Saturday wagering begins

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Tom Keyser
At the close of wagering on Friday, Verrazano, at 10-1, was second choice to the 8-5 field in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field was bet down to clear-cut favoritism after the first full day of wagering in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, leaving all 23 of the separately listed wagering choices at double-digit odds.

After wagering on Friday, the first of three days for Pool 2, the field – the 24th or “all others” option – was the 8-5 favorite, with Verrazano next at 10-1. He was closely followed by Flashback, Itsmyluckyday, and Orb, all at 12-1, and then Revolutionary (13-1), Super Ninety Nine (18-1), and Shanghai Bobby (20-1).

Combined handle on Friday was $62,287, with $49,937 in the win pool and $12,350 in exactas.

Six new horses have been assimilated into the futures lineup since Pool 1 was held Feb. 8-10, when the field closed as the 3-2 favorite over Verrazano (11-1). The third and final pool is set for March 22-24.

Pool 2 typically has drawn the lightest handle of the three Derby pools since Churchill Downs first began offering futures in 1999. Last year, combined handle was $401,368; the record for a Pool 2 was $511,655, set in 2005, the same year the record was set for the three-pool aggregate handle ($1,665,990).

Combined handle for Pool 1 three weeks ago was $621,493, the second-largest single-pool total ever.

The only major Derby prep to be run this weekend is the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes today at Aqueduct. Two separately listed horses are in the Gotham field: Vyjack (23-1) and Overanalyze (41-1). Also, Titletown Five, at 81-1 one of the longest futures prices through Friday wagering, runs today in an overnight sprint stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Pool 2 coincides with the only futures pool being offered this year on the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks and Derby are set for May 3 and 4, respectively.

As for the Oaks futures, Flashy Gray closed Friday as the 5-1 favorite, followed by Unlimited Budget (6-1), the field (7-1), Pure Fun (8-1), Beholder (10-1), Emollient (10-1), and Midnight Lucky (10-1). Win handle was $11,198 and exacta handle was $3,868.

The only Oaks prep scheduled for this weekend is the Grade 1 Las Virgenes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Three of the 23 fillies listed in the Oaks futures are in the race: Beholder, Fiftyshadesofhay (27-1), and Renee’s Titan (80-1).

The Oaks pool closes Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, a half-hour after the Derby pool closes. As with any parimutuel wager, odds can continue to change until closing time. More than half the handle in any given futures pool typically is bet on the final day.

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

Thomas More than 1 year ago
i can't either - they should be be about 100 to 1 - the horse is a sprinter and will never win a race at farther than a mile and a sixteenth - it's pretty obvious to any sophisticated handicapper
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
So sophisticated handicappers like you're self think the 2yr champion should be 100-1?? I think you should get over you're self.
Donald Duck More than 1 year ago
I hope they make him the favorite......because Two year old champs rarely repeat their two year old campaign... I always throw that horse out in the Derby.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
The last 3 triple crown winners were 2yr champions. I know its early, but horse racing needs a horse like this......and a female rider as well. It would be great for racing.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
No horse has won a grade 1 race except Shanghai Bobby, and he won 2 of them. The odds are 20-1 ........can't figure out why??
Karl Deppen More than 1 year ago
He can't go the distance
Eric Kozlowski More than 1 year ago
I think one thing that hurts the handle is that people who are at the track watching prep races, won't bet until the last possible minute for fear the horse will come out of the race on Sunday as a potential withdraw. The scratch rule should encompass each pool - if a horse is removed during the betting period, you would receive a refund. They can bet that day and not need to make an extra effort to return on Sunday. I bet a futures a few years ago on Saturday, returned home to discover the horse had been withdrawn in the half hour coming home!
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
I think Pletcher has the Derby winner in Doherty He impressed at a mile twice and if he gets the points he is blooming at the right time.for the Derby
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
This seems like a poor betting choice if you can walk into a casino and get Derbey odds anytime day or night. Don't get the relevance of this !
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Some of us don't live near Vegas, John.
Paul More than 1 year ago
Not everyone can walk into a Vegas casino day or night. Is that relevant enough for you?