Updated on 03/07/2012 12:08PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2: Field (3-1) slight favorite over Union Rags (4-1)

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Barbara D. Livingston
One week after impressively winning the Fountain of Youth, Union Rags closed at 4-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The mutuel field closed as a slight 3-1 favorite over the top individually listed option, Union Rags, when Pool 2 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Union Rags, an impressive winner of the Fountain of Youth in his seasonal debut Feb. 26, was the 4-1 second choice, followed by Hansen (9-1), El Padrino (12-1), Creative Cause (17-1), Alpha (18-1), Fed Biz (22-1), and I’ll Have Another (22-1). Out of Bounds, who closed at 23-1, broke down Monday morning and is off the Triple Crown trail.

Win handle was $299,574, and the exacta drew another $111,794, yielding a combined handle of $401,368, sixth-highest for a Pool 2 in the 14 years of parimutuel futures offered by Churchill Downs. Last year, combined handle on Derby Pool 2 was $376,699.

The lowest $2 exacta will-pays were the combinations of Union Rags over the field (23-24), worth $56.80, and its reverse (24-23), worth $57.60.

The field, the 24th or “all others” option, has been the Pool 2 favorite in most years since Churchill began the futures in 1999. Last year, Uncle Mo was slightly favored over the field, although ultimately a Pool 2 field horse, Animal Kingdom, won the Derby.

The record for a Pool 2 handle of $511,655 was set in 2005, when the aggregate handle of $1,665,990 also was set. After a record Pool 1 handle of $631,304, the two-pool total for 2012 stands at $1,032,672.

Sunday handle on Pool 2 was $220,300, after a total of $181,068 was bet Friday and Saturday. Sundays typically draw more than the two prior days combined as odds become closer to being locked in and prep races from that particular weekend become known.

The field closed as the 3-2 favorite in Pool 2, which ran Feb. 10-12, with Union Rags the 7-1 second choice.

Meanwhile, the field also was favored in the only futures pool being offered this year on the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks pool, which closed 30 minutes after the Derby futures, drew $63,960 in win wagers and $28,516 in exactas for a total of $92,476. The field closed as the 4-1 choice, followed by Princess Arabella (6-1), Grace Hall (8-1), Eden’s Moon (9-1), Zo Impressive (12-1), and On Fire Baby (13-1). The lowest $2 exacta will-pay was Grace Hall over the field (10-24), worth $65.40. Last year, combined handle on the Oaks was $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.

 

 

Number

Horse

Pool 2 Final odds

Pool 1 Odds

1

Alpha

18

19-1

2

Battle Hardened

60

46-1

3

Bodemeister

29

3-2*

4

Castaway

45

3-2*

5

Creative Cause

17

17-1

6

Dullaha

26

40-1

7

El Padrin

12

16-1

8

Empire Way

36

33-1

9

Fed Biz

22

21-1

10

Gemologist

23

22-1

11

Hansen

9

26-1

12

I'll Have Another

22

29-1

13

Liaison

39

56-1

14

Mark Valeski

38

3-2*

15

Midnight Transfer

73

67-1

16

News Pending

45

3-2*

17

Out of Bounds

23

23-1

18

Rousing Sermon

68

71-1

19

Sabercat

30

34-1

20

Scatman

97

3-2*

21

Secret Circle

37

3-2*

22

Take Charge Indy

38

42-1

23

Union Rags

4

7-1

24

Mutuel Field (all others)

3

3-2

* - denotes Pool 1 field horse

 

2012 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Odds

Number

Horse

Final odds

1

Amie's Dini

42

2

And Why Not

19

3

Avie's Sense

44

4

Believe You Can

36

5

Captivating Lass

24

6

Charm The Maker

77

7

Disposablepleasure

23

8

Dixie Strike

25

9

Eden's Moon

9

10

Grace Hall

8

11

In Lingerie

43

12

Inny Minnie

66

13

Karlovy Vary

92

14

Killer Graces

55

15

Mamma Kimbo

26

16

Off Limits

75

17

On Fire Baby

13

18

Princess Arabella

6

19

Reneeegotzip

25

20

Summer Applause

16

21

Sweet Seventeen

52

22

Yara

26

23

Zo Impressive

12

24

Mutuel Field (all others)

4

 

Riposte More than 1 year ago
Brilliant decision, DRF IT, to make it impossible to cut & paste the article.
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
Wow, I couldn't believe the odds on Secret Circle--37 to 1. Good breeding, stalking style, nice figs, and a trainer with three Derby wins. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he stays healthy.