03/29/2014 6:44PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes as 5-1 favorite in Pool 4

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Shigeki Kikkawa
San Felipe Stakes winner California Chrome closed at 9-1 in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field closed as the favorite yet again in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern following a three-day run.

The field, the 24th or “all others” option, closed at 5-1, followed by California Chrome (9-1), Cairo Prince (9-1), Social Inclusion (11-1), Candy Boy (13-1), Bayern (15-1), Hoppertunity (15-1), Tapiture (15-1), Samraat (17-1), Constitution (19-1), and Intense Holiday (20-1).

The field was favored in all three of the earlier pools, which were held Nov. 27-30, Feb. 6-8, and Feb. 27 to March 1. Perhaps part of the uncertainty on fans’ behalf is that pools were closed Saturdays, prior to major preps being run, whereas in prior years, pool closings had been held on Sundays, after horseplayers could consider the results of those preps. Churchill officials said they were seeking a “true futures” angle to the wager.

Combined handle on Pool 4 was $336,717, with $228,748 bet to win and $107,969 in exactas. That total represents a 16 percent decrease from the corresponding pool (Pool 3) last year, when $402,167 was bet.

Overall, handle slumped noticeably for the Derby futures this year, which was the first that Churchill Downs offered four pools. Aggregate handle was $1,324,466, whereas last year, with just three pools, the total was $1,430,699. The record aggregate of $1,665,990 was set in 2005.

Pool 3 handle was $334,326, down 18 percent from the corresponding period in 2013. Pool 2 handle was $380,249, down a whopping 39 percent from the corresponding period. And Pool 1 handle was $273,174, the fifth-lowest total since the futures were first offered in 1999.

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The lowest exacta will-pay for Pool 4 is the combination of California Chrome over Cairo Prince (4-5), worth $98.80.

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.

Horse, Pool 4 odds, Pool 3 odds, Pool 2 odds, Pool 1 odds
1. Albano, 46-1, 53-1, 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
2. Bayern, 15-1, 17-1, 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
3. Bobby’s Kitten, 35-1, 3-1(f), 46-1, 28-1
4. Cairo Prince, 9-1, 9-1, 13-1, 26-1
5. California Chrome, 9-1, 32-1, 30-1, 4-5(f)
6. Candy Boy, 13-1, 12-1, 32-1, 4-5(f)
7. Chitu, 31-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
8. Constitution, 19-1, 28-1, 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
9. General a Rod, 24-1, 36-1, 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
10. Hoppertunity, 15-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
11. In Trouble, 30-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 53-1
12. Intense Holiday, 20-1, 22-1, 69-1, 4-5(f)
13. Midnight Hawk, 51-1, 3-1(f), 19-1, 4-5(f)
14. Ride On Curlin, 49-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 57-1
15. Ring Weekend, 24-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
16. Samraat, 17-1, 30-1, 30-1, 4-5(f)
17. Social Inclusion, 11-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
18. Strong Mandate, 32-1, 18-1, 17-1, 27-1
19. Tapiture, 15-1, 17-1, 39-1, 4-5(f)
20. Uncle Sigh, 47-1, 42-1, 73-1, 4-5(f)
21. Vicar’s in Trouble, 36-1, 52-1, 42-1, 4-5(f)
22. We Miss Artie, 36-1, 3-1(f), 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
23. Wildcat Red, 31-1, 28-1, 3-2(f), 4-5(f)
24. Field (all others), 5-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-5

(f) – denotes field entry.

Win handle, $228,748
Exacta handle, $107,969
Total handle, $336,717