03/04/2012 8:50AM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Hansen moves to solid third choice following Gotham victory

Tom Keyser
Hansen's odds dropped from 12-1 to 8-1 following his impressive win in Saturday's Gotham at Aqueduct.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After two days of wagering, the mutuel field remained the favorite over Union Rags in Pool 2 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, while the smashing victory in the Gotham Stakes by Hansen made him the solid third choice.

As of early Sunday, and with nearly $140,000 in the win pool, the field, the 24th or “all others” option, was the 5-2 favorite over Union Rags (4-1), with Hansen dropping from 12-1 to be next at 8-1. Next in line were El Padrino (16-1), Alpha (17-1), and Creative Cause (19-1). Exacta handle was $41,770, yielding a total two-day handle of $181,068.

Pool 2 closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Meanwhile, Pool 2 coincides with the only futures pool being offered this year on the Kentucky Oaks. With $26,143 in the win pool, the field was a lukewarm 5-1 choice in the Oaks pool after Saturday wagering, followed closely by Grace Hall (7-1), Princess Arabella (7-1), On Fire Baby (9-1), Eden’s Moon (13-1), and Zo Impressive (16-1). Exacta wagering was $9,671. The Oaks pool closes Sunday at 6:30.

Last year, combined handle on Derby Pool 2 was $376,699, while the Oaks handled $92,903.

The 138th Oaks and Derby will be run May 4 and 5, respectively. Derby Pool 3 is set for March 30 to April 1.

Real-time updates of win odds and exacta probables are available through a number of sources, including television monitors at tracks and wagering outlets and on kentuckyderby.com.



Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read your article on the kd future pool 2. Time to regrease the old calculator. total pool should be $411,368, but whats $10k among friends. bbinpok.
James Staples More than 1 year ago
DeeSix More than 1 year ago
Did ANYONE notice that HANSEN didn't get so much as a "spec of sand/dirt" in his face in the whole race? Same as in BC Juvenile last November at CD. Just air until he get a FACE FULL and then I'll believe... UNIONS RAGS "should" have beat him in the BC Juvenile and THE BEST 3YO IN RACING!!!
Heather Milko More than 1 year ago
this is a gutty horse.he has won on multiple surfaces and rated well from the 12 hole and is continuing to learn his game.he may have beat a suspect field but it was the way he did it . HE RATED. who did union rags beat in his first start.nobody not 1 of those horses will be around 1st saturday in may.union rags will win any beauty contest and size means nothing its the size of your heart just ask john henry,seabiscuit and so on .hansen will move forward off this race and we will just have to wait and see for now how it will all shake out but it is starting to get interesting great time of year for thorughbred racing.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
One other thing, there will be no rail scimming ride by Calvin Borel this year, his bag of tricks has run dry or so it seems. Talk about a freaky run of luck for a rider. Personally I would love to see the greatest saddle backer on the continent finally win a triple crown contest, he is way over due. Good luck my amigo, Ramon Dominguez, you are head and shoulders over these boys now go win the Derby on whoever you wind up on! You are undoubtedly the premier jockey riding in America today.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Pedigree might suggest distance limitations. I don't recall Tappit (bad ankles and all ) making it much further than 1 1/16 miles with success. Derby horses traditionally have some kind of staying power in the pedigree and I think Hansen will go as far as he can as fast as he can but will most likely be on empty by the eight pole at the downs. Union Rags looked very professional with his run at Gulfstream in the Fountain of Youth and although the same question might arise on "who did he beat" the manner in which he did it was extremely impressive for a first out run of his three year old season. If all this horse talk becomes too confusing then just follow the jockeys. The best riders usually get the best mounts so should Ramon remain on Hansen you would have to give him top consideration for the connections, Leparoux is salavating at his luck in picking up Union Rags and the remainder of the top players like Velasquez, Castellano, Lezcano, Bejarano and Rosario and don't forget Go Go Gomez will be back shortly and on the shop for a decent derby mount. Lot's of time yet so don't be too hasty making your selection until at least a couple weeks preceding the race. Will keep you all posted on any "jump ups" that might appear on the radar screen in the weeks to come.
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Along the same train of thought, Union Rags may have distance limitations too.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Nice little gray colt ran well but beat a suspect bunch. None of those will be at Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May. Doesn't seem to have filled out that much as a three year old in comparisoin to the Matz runner Union Rags and others. Doubtful that Mike Maker has the Derby Winner in his barn so thanks for the 4-5 in the Gotham but good luck the rest of the way. Have we seen the Derby Winner yet this Spring, still loads of time and races until Derby Day.
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
Both Hansen and Union Rags beat overmatched fields of no-hopers and their stamina is suspect! Watch Creative Cause and my dark horse Empire Way! Rags appears to be the better of the much-hyped duo but hype does not win the Run for the Roses! Remember that Indian Charlie progeny last year? What's his name again?