02/08/2015 6:30PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Field favored at 5-2

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Debra A. Roma
Texas Red closed at 9-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

The mutuel field closed Sunday as a 5-2 favorite in Pool 2 of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with Texas Red the heaviest-backed individual interest at 9-1.

When closing Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, the field, the 24th or “all others” option, was higher odds than what the Churchill Downs morning line of even-money had projected. Nonetheless, the field still has been the favorite every year since Churchill first began offering parimutuel futures in 1999 in pools conducted at this time of year.

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Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall and more recently second in the San Vincente, was followed in the Pool 2 order by American Pharoah (10-1), Dortmund (10-1), Carpe Diem (12-1), Upstart (12-1), and Ocean Knight (18-1). The other 18 separately listed horses are 25-1 or higher, but only one of them (J S Bach at 69-1) is higher than 48-1.

Combined handle on Pool 2 was $448,598, with $340,126 bet to win and $108,472 in exactas. The total was up 18 percent over the $380,249 handled in Pool 2 last year but is well below the all-time single pool record of $631,304 set during the first pool of 2012.

The lowest exacta will-pay combination is the field over Texas Red (24-21), worth $86.80 for $2. 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 field closed as the 3-5 favorite in Pool 1, which was held in late November for the second straight year and attracted a handle of just $232,204. In years past, Churchill offered three pools, with the first pool typically held in early February.

Pool 3 is set for Feb. 27-March 1 and Pool 4 for March 27-29. A single Kentucky Oaks futures pool will be offered concurrent to Derby Pool 3.

CLOSING ODDS for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

(No.  Horse                          Trainer                P1 odds      P2 odds)

1. American Pharoah             B.Baffert            12-1           10-1

2. Carpe Diem                        T.Pletcher           15-1           12-1

3. Competitive Edge              T.Pletcher          48-1           37-1

4. Daredevil                            T.Pletcher          48-1           40-1

5. Dortmund                           B.Baffert            9-1             10-1

6. El Kabeir                            J.Terranova        74-1           39-1

7. Far Right                            R.Moquett          3-5(f)        48-1

8. Firing Line                         S.Callaghan        3-5(f)          35-1

9. Frosted                               K.McLaughlin    38-1          31-1

10. Gorgeous Bird                 I.Wilkes              3-5(f)        32-1

11. Imperia                             K.McLaughlin    27-1          24-1

12. International Star             M.Maker             3-5(f)          44-1

13. Itsaknockout                    T.Pletcher           3-5(f)        30-1

14. J S Bach                           T.Pletcher           3-5(f)        69-1

15. Khozan                             T.Pletcher           3-5(f)        25-1

16. Lord Nelson                     B.Baffert            72-1          41-1

17. Mr. Z                                W.Lukas             47-1          44-1

18. Ocean Knight                   K.McLaughlin    3-5(f)        18-1

19. Ocho Ocho Ocho             J.Cassidy            29-1          26-1

20. Prospect Park                   C.Sise                  3/5(f)         35-1

21. Texas Red                        K.Desormeaux   14-1          9-1

22. The Great War                 W.Ward              72-1          40-1

23. Upstart                             R.Violette          53-1          12-1

24. Mutuel field (all others)  n/a                      3-5               5-2

(f) – denotes Pool 1 field entry

Win handle, $340,126

Exacta handle, $108,472

Total handle, $448,598