Updated on 02/13/2013 12:20PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field closes at 8-5, followed by Verrazano at 11-1

Tom Keyser
The Todd Pletcher-trained Verrazano was the lowest-priced individual horse at 11-1 at the close of Pool 1.

For the 15th time in as many years, the mutuel field is the favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern following a three-day run that drew a combined handle of $621,493.

The field, the 24th or “all others” alternative to 23 separately listed interests, closed as the 8-5 favorite in the first of three futures pools being offered in the run-up to the 139th Derby on May 4. The lowest odds for a separate interest were 11-1 on Verrazano, followed by Flashback (12-1), Itsmyluckyday (13-1), Revolutionary (13-1), Violence (13-1), Shanghai Bobby (14-1), and Normandy Invasion (15-1). Four of that group are trained by Todd Pletcher, who has seven of the 23 horses listed in Pool 1.

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The lowest $2 exacta will-pay is the combination of the field over Verrazano (24-20), worth $82.20. There are only a few will-pays worth less than $100 and there are numerous five-figure will-pays.

Handle was $481,632 in the win pool and $139,861 in the exacta pool. Futures were first offered by Churchill Downs in 1999, with exactas added in 2009.

The combined handle was second-highest for any futures pool; nearly $290,000, or about 46 percent of the handle, was bet Sunday. The record handle was set last year with Pool 1, when a total of $631,304 was bet. The record for a pool without exactas ($620,362) was set in 2005.

Churchill vice president John Asher said officials were extremely pleased with the handle, especially with the continued growth of exacta wagering and through advance-deposit wagering platforms.

“We’re off to a near-record start despite the incredible snowstorm that swept through New York and Northeast racing markets on Friday and Saturday,” said Asher. “This is the 15th year of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and the opening pool has attracted the highest wagering total in each of those years. We look forward to seeing if that trend can be reversed in the two future pools that remain before Kentucky Derby 139.”

Pool 2 is set for March 1-3, and Pool 3 for March 22-24. The only Kentucky Oaks futures pool of the year will be offered concurrent to Derby Pool 2.

The record of $1,665,990 for the highest three-pool aggregate was established in 2005.

Six field horses have wound up winning the Derby in the 14 years since Churchill started parimutuel futures in 1999, the latest being Animal Kingdom in 2011. A victory by a Pool 1 field horse would lead to a $5.20 payoff, which would be the lowest in futures history. The lowest ever is $5.60 after Smarty Jones won as a Pool 1 field horse in 2004.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1

(No., Horse, Final Odds, $2 will-pay)

1. Capo Bastone, 58-1, $118

2. Code West, 56-1, $114

3. Delhomme, 55-1, $113.20

4. Den’s Legacy, 77-1, $156.60

5. Dynamic Sky, 54-1, $110

6. Falling Sky, 114-1, $230.80

7. Flashback , 12-1, $26.40

8. Frac Daddy, 68-1, $139

9. Goldencents, 20-1, $43.40

10. He’s Had Enough, 50-1, $102.60

11. Itsmyluckyday, 13-1, $28.80

12. Mylute, 123-1, $249.20

13. Normandy Invasion, 15-1, $33

14. Overanalyze, 33-1, $69.20

15. Oxbow, 26-1, $54.80

16. Revolutionary, 13-1, $29

17. Shanghai Bobby, 14-1, $31.40

18. Super Ninety Nine, 47-1, $97.20

19. Uncaptured, 40-1, $82.40

20. Verrazano, 11-1, $24

21. Violence, 13-1, $28.60

22. Vyjack, 49-1, $100.60

23. Will Take Charge, 61-1, $124.20

24. Field (all others), 8-5, $5.20

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the exacta combination with the lowest price in Pool 1. It is the field over Verrazano (24-20), not Verrazano over the field.