11/30/2013 6:05PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes at 4-5; Honor Code second choice at 10-1

Barbara D. Livingston
Honor Code (right), winner of the Remsen, closed at 10-1 in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Cairo Prince, the Remsen runner-up, closed at 26-1.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With still more than five months until the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, it came as no surprise whatsoever Saturday when the mutuel field closed as an odds-on favorite in Pool 1 of the Derby Future Wager.

The field, the 24th or “all others” option, closed at 4-5, with Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code next at 10-1 among the 23 separately listed entrants. Then came New Year’s Day (15-1), Tap It Rich (25-1), Havana (26-1), Cairo Prince (26-1), and Strong Mandate (27-1).

This was the first time Churchill offered a futures pool before February, and not surprisingly, the new placement resulted in the fifth-lowest handle since the inaugural year of 1999. Combined handle for Pool 1, which had a four-day run with a Wednesday opening, was $273,174, with $238,078 bet to win and $35,096 in exactas.

The pool closed at post time (3:51 p.m. Eastern) for the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

The standard for the Derby futures has been three pools, very similar to the schedule that will ensue early next year, with Pool 2 set for Feb. 6-8; Pool 3, Feb. 27-March 1; and Pool 4, March 27-29. All three of those will run from Thursday to Saturday, as opposed to the Friday to Sunday schedule used in prior years. A single Kentucky Oaks futures pool will be offered concurrent to Derby Pool 3.

The only lower handle totals than this first November pool were all three pools in 1999 and Pool 3 in 2003.

Combined handle on Pool 1 last February for the 2013 Derby was $621,493, just shy of the record of $631,304 set with the first pool in 2012.

This is the 16th year for the future wager; exacta wagering was added in 2009. 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.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Final Odds
(No., Horse, Closing odds, $2 win will-pay)
1. Almost Famous, 30-1, $62.80
2. Bobby’s Kitten, 28-1, $58.80
3. Bondholder, 40-1, $82.80
4. Cairo Prince, 26-1, $55.60
5. Cleburne, 62-1, $126
6. Commissioner, 33-1, $69.80
7. Coup de Grace, 48-1, $99.20
8. Financial Mogul, 225-1, $453.40
9. Havana, 26-1, $54.20
10. Honor Code, 10-1, $22.80
11. In Trouble, 53-1, $109.80
12. Kobe’s Back, 84-1, $171.20
13. Mexikoma, 40-1, $82.80
14. Misconnect, 43-1, $88.80
15. New Year’s Day, 15-1, $32.40
16. Noble Moon, 63-1, $129.40
17. Pablo Del Monte, 59-1, $121.60
18. Ride On Curlin, 57-1, $117.40
19. Rise Up, 50-1, $102.80
20. Shared Belief, 32-1, $66.20
21. Strong Mandate, 27-1, $57.60
22. Tamarando, 42-1, $86.20
23. Tap It Rich, 45-1, $52.20
24. Mutuel field (all other 2014 3-year-olds), 4-5, $3.60
Combined handle: $273,174

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
all these publication talk about how everybody should do their part to promote the sport .yet drf did not even provide past performance data for the derby futures..and the hosts did not even have the decency to provide exacta will pays.
Charley More than 1 year ago
ahem, excuse me, has anyone seen, can anyone tell me where to find, the final DFW pool1 exacta payouts? i can't seem to find them. the win odds, yes! but not the exacta odds! i would appreciate your help. sincerely!
edb More than 1 year ago
I'd love to see them divide the field bet to A-L and M-Z and add to the madness. Field at 4/5 is a great price at this time of year. Pretty soon we will be betting trainers. Pletcher at 100-1 at least. Even with 8 entered in the race.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
You know he will have at least 3 to 5. Never heard of a trainer with that many entries every year in one race the past 5 to 10 years with only one winner. Super Saver never won another race and get this surprise he retired at three.LOL
edb More than 1 year ago
Scary thing is that Todd has 17 of the top 50 2 yr olds at this moment. Talk about too much of a good thing. He has built the perfect barn set up, but just can't win the big one on a regular basis. ..... Went with Havana, Honor Code and Tap It Rich ex. box and $5 on the Megaball
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Every year he goes thru about 50...
Stan Bowling More than 1 year ago
Anybody that accepts less than 30-1 on any single horse 6 months out might as well play the lottery instead
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
3. Find horse who father won a TC race. 10,18. No to 13 raced in BC juv a No No
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
The 2 yr old champion is usually in, or the winner of the juvenile. FYI.... The last 3 Triple crown winners were 2yr old champions. Throwing out the juvenile horses is dumb.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
It is not dumb, check your facts buddy. Street Sense only derby winner to win juvenile. Since Bc juvenile only 4 2yo champs won a triple crown race. Easy goer, Timber County, Looking at lucky and Street Sense 87 races only 4 horses. Less than half of Derby winners were Bc Juvenile participants. There was no BC Juvenile in 77,78. We are talking about derby winners. Don't put the cart before the horse. Numbers never lie. Look up Success of BC Juvenile Participants in Derby and all TC races then get back to me.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
Throwing horses out because they were in the juvenile is dumb.....plain and simple!!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
2. Eliminate all BC juvenile Participants. 3,9,13,15, 21,23
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
1.Bet the horse with the most letters in his name and/or least letters. Financial Mogul and Rise Up
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
ps...Pardon me...second longest shot up there...Still mighty long...
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Sorry buddy but wrong again, 12 horse is 84-1. Just say you like Noble Moon until you get some glasse. JUST KIDDING., JUST KIDDING!!!
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
The winner for 2014 is in the top 23 and I like #16 the longest shot up there...
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
since this is so far from May and since this is the first time we have been given the chance to bet these horses, we may not have any success. That being said, I usually only bet 2 bucks on 5 horses (this year I bet six) and have had success in 3 out of 5 of the last first rounds. The nice payout on two dollars is secondary to the bragging rights I have within my circle of racing friends. So lighten up and have fun with it.