03/03/2013 8:13PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes as 3-1 favorite; Flashy Gray tops Kentucky Oaks futures

Barbara D. Livingston
Verrazano closed at 8-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field closed as a clear-cut choice over the top individually listed option, Verrazano, when Pool 2 of the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

The field, the 24th or “all others” option, closed as the 3-1 favorite, with Verrazano next at 8-1. They were followed by Vyjack (11-1), Orb (12-1), Flashback (12-1), Itsmyluckyday (13-1), Revolutionary (15-1), Shanghai Bobby (16-1), Normandy Invasion (17-1), and Super Ninety Nine (17-1).

The biggest late mover on the oddsboard was Vyjack, who was 23-1 before his victory Saturday in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

There seemed to be value in the exacta pool, with the lowest will-pay combination being the field over Super Ninety Nine (24-18), worth $123 for a $2 bet.

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Combined handle was $407,038, with $287,611 in the win pool and $119,427 in the exactas. That was fourth-most for a Pool 2 in the 15-year history of the futures.

Pool 2 typically has drawn the lightest handle of the three Derby pools since Churchill Downs first began offering parimutuel futures in 1999. Last year, the handle was $411,368; 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).

The third and final pool is set for March 22-24.

Combined handle for Pool 1 three weeks ago was $621,493, bringing the total thus far to $1,028,531. The three-pool aggregate record of $1,665,990 was set in 2005. Last year, the Pool 3 handle was $427,347; the record Pool 3 handle of $533,973 was set in 2005.

Six new names were assimilated into the futures lineup for Pool 2. In Pool 1, held Feb. 8-10, the field closed as the 3-2 favorite over Verrazano (11-1).

[DERBY WATCH: Top 20 Kentucky Derby contenders with odds and video]

Meanwhile, in the Kentucky Oaks futures, which were held concurrent to Derby Pool 2, Flashy Gray closed as a lukewarm 6-1 favorite over the field (7-1), followed by Beholder (8-1), Unlimited Budget (9-1), Pure Fun (10-1), and Emollient (11-1). The lowest $2 exacta will-pay is the field over Unlimited Budget (24-23), worth $81.

Handle was a record $126,038, with $87,633 to win and $38,405 in exactas; the former standard of $117,368 was set in 2003. Churchill offers Oaks futures just once a year.

The 139th Oaks and Derby will be run May 3 and 4, respectively.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

(No., Horse, Pool 1 odds, Pool 2 odds, Pool 2 $2 win will-pay)

1. Code West, 56-1, 28-1, $59.40

2. Delhomme, 55-1, 45-1, $92.80

3. Den’s Legacy, 77-1, 68-1, $139.20

4. Dynamic Sky, 54-1, 50-1, $102

5. Falling Sky, 114-1, 79-1, $160

6. Flashback , 12-1, 12-1, $27.80

7. Goldencents, 20-1, 24-1, $51.60

8. Itsmyluckyday, 13-1, 13-1, $28.40

9. Ive Struck a Nerve, 3-2(f), 50-1, $102

10. Normandy Invasion, 15-1, 17-1, $36

11. Orb, 3-2(f), 12-1, $26.20

12. Overanalyze, 33-1, 37-1, $77.20

13. Oxbow, 26-1, 31-1, $65.80

14. Palice Malice, 3-2(f), 40-1, $82.80

15. Revolutionary, 13-1, 15-1, $32.40

16. Shakin It Up, 3-2(f), 48-1, $99

17. Shanghai Bobby, 14-1, 16-1, $34.60

18. Super Ninety Nine, 47-1, 17-1, $36.80

19. Titletown Five, 3-2(f), 61-1, $125.20

20. Treasury Bill, 3-2(f), 28-1, $58.40

21. Uncaptured, 40-1, 35-1, $72

22. Verrazano, 11-1, 9-1, $20

23. Vyjack, 49-1, 11-1, $25.60

24. Field (all others), 3-2, 3-1, $8.60

(f) – Pool 1 field entry.


Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

(No., Horse, Closing odds, $2 win will-pays)

1. Beholder, 8-1, $18.60

2. Blue Violet, 48-1, $98.20

3. Calistoga, 22-1, $47.20

4. Close Hatches, 29-1, $61

5. Dreaming of Julia, 16-1, $35.60

6. Emollient, 11-1, $24.20

7. Executiveprivelege, 23-1, $48.20

8. Fiftyshadesofhay, 20-1, $42.20

9. Flashy Gray, 6-1, $15.80

10. Live Lively, 15-1, $33.20

11. Midnight Lucky, 16-1, $34.40

12. Princess of Sylmar, 19-1, $41

13. Private Ensign, 47-1, $96.80

14. Promise Me More, 65-1, $132.40

15. Pure Fun, 10-1, $22

16. Renee’s Titan, 83-1, $168.80

17. Rose to Gold, 65-1, $133.80

18. Sister Ginger, 89-1, $181.20

19. So Many Ways, 37-1, $76.40

20. Spellbound, 33-1, $69.60

21. Spring In the Air, 50-1, $103.20

22. Touch Magic, 89-1, $181.40

23. Unlimited Budget, 9-1, $20.60

24. Field (all others), 7-1, $16.20

Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Im still riding Itsmyluckyday. The way these points are getting dealt, plenty will get in with low totals. Some will have 200 and some will have 25. Its a ridiculous system. How do you value one race more than the next? Isnt the end result the Derby? Isnt every horse on the same path? Value all races the same. If its a 3 year old GRADED race after January 1st, make one point structure. Everyone is on the same playing field.
Oz Nelson More than 1 year ago
Mark I agree fully.
Oz Nelson More than 1 year ago
Placing a win bet on a horse with less then 50.points at this point is crazy,you want to know who else has fifty points (A Os) ALL OTHERS. How many A Os about 3-5 maybe 6 will get in.Exacta box with the top 3(pt.hrs.pl.#2) horses with the A Os. you might see in the K.D.if the top 3 stay healthy the A Os are in. Horses with a 1/2 million in earnings or better were in under the old system, not anymore "DON'T SHOW ME THE MONEY BABY SHOW ME THE POINTS YEA BABY THE POINTS".
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Oz, the bet is for the person that wants to get their little Derby fix and root for a horse through the winter. Im happy with my choice (4) $25 WIN tickets on Itsmyluckyday. I didnt buy his ticket in pool 1 hoping and thinking he will win the Derby. I critically compared him to that current field and found him to be above and beyond his peers. Im spending $100-$200 on a wager on the day of as it is. If hes there, I already have my bet in. If not, thats the gamble. Ill look elsewhere. Nobody ever said gambling was smart so if you're ready to lose, none of this is a concern. :)
Oz Nelson More than 1 year ago
Mark, I understand your fix that's cool,also I like Itsmyluckyday you'll get to play him again bfore the K.D. I like exactas whenever I play the futures..As you can see I do not like the new system but I take each race one week at a time.
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Why would somebody play all others for $8.60 when every other entry will pay $20?
mike More than 1 year ago
where are exacta will pays posted for pool 2
D Lange More than 1 year ago
I got them from my online wagering co.. Odds drop down.
C2ServicesGroup More than 1 year ago
If you tried to bet the future pool 2 @ Prax in Bensalem you couldn't tell whether you were betting on the right horse. No name with any of the betting numbers . Thanks for making the betting experience a poor one.
Joe Quillen More than 1 year ago
I experienced that this afternoon at Parx. I'm curious if that was a programming thing, because Delaware Park uses the name terminals and program as Parx.
robert More than 1 year ago
So we have a 9:1 favorite Verrazano who has only raced twice -- at the same track -- and never gone two turns. Not a horse I'd be riding to Louisville under 50:1.
Mark More than 1 year ago
4 horses out of his maiden win have comeback to win. One he beat by 17 in his second start came back to win Saturday were the show horse was a ways back. Just sayin...
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah not much to like winning by 16+ lengths in only second career start first time facing winners and getting a 105 . And on top 5 of those he trounced have come backbto win. Honduran was a much the best winner yesterday as well. Very excited to see his two turn debut Saturday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw him in the flesh twice and he looks fantastic as well as running great. No knocks. I'd play him tomorrow at GP going a mile against a field including Orb, Vyjack, and others. Put It'smyluckday and Shanghai Bobby in the gate and Verrazano's 5/1 at best. I surely wouldn't play him going 1 1/4 at CD at 9/1, especially when he has zero points. Around 35/1 would be interesting.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Thats if race is run today. Orb and vyjack will be exposed well before the derby in wood and florida derby . shangahai has proved distance limitations. Itsmyluckyday has already run his race. Lots of racing to go and until he says otherwise this horse has done 0 wrong already running top fig. NONE of the horses above have got 1 1/4 @ churchill yet.
Mark More than 1 year ago
And no i didnt bet him @ 9-1. If i was to play any it would be him for sure.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
No horse has won the derby in over a 100 years that didn't start as a 2yr old.......just saying.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Haters gonna hate. ....just sayin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verrazano isn't my horse for the derby either. Being out of More Than Ready really makes the derby distance a stretch for him. Against top competition, a one turn mile on the dirt is probably about his limit. Good luck to those who played him at 9-1. IMO the reason the field is still the play is only because the breeding of most in the pool (not all) is really suspect at the derby distance.
Mark More than 1 year ago
I havent dismissed him by any stretch. They can all get 1 1/4 just a matter of how fast. And this is one fast colt.
WILL More than 1 year ago
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah guy only wins 30%+ this winter. Fool.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
Bet him at 2/5 in the Tampa Bay Derby
Mark More than 1 year ago
Hater !
Mark More than 1 year ago
Tell me who beats him big al.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
He should win Saturday, but that isn't doing much.He may not even make it in the derby cuz of points.Shanghai Bobby, or Its My Lucky Day will win the Derby.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Verrazano in derby. Your two have to run 1-2 in florida Derby or else they will becwatching verrazano run for the roses