04/01/2012 9:28AM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Union Rags starts final day as favorite in Pool 3

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Tom Keyser
Union Rags was the 7-2 favorite heading into the final day of wagering into Pool 3 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite being defeated Saturday as the odds-on favorite in the Florida Derby, Union Rags was the 7-2 favorite heading into the final day of wagering into Pool 3 of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

With Friday and Saturday wagering complete and with $172,795 in the win pool, Union Rags was bet down to favoritism after closing mildly to finish third behind Take Charge Indy in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. He was followed by Hansen (5-1), the mutuel field (6-1), Creative Cause (10-1), Gemologist (13-1), and Alpha (17-1). Take Charge Indy was 50-1 when betting began Saturday, then dropped to 21-1 by the end of betting Saturday.

Another $54,277 was bet into the exacta pool. Last year, the combined Pool 3 handle was nearly $400,000. A substantial portion of the Pool 3 handle can be expected to come Sunday, when wagering typically more than doubles the two previous days combined.

The pool closes 6:30 p.m. Eastern today. Churchill Downs officials decided to extend their customary closing time by 30 minutes to accommodate the results of the Louisiana Derby, which is scheduled to be run about 6 p.m. at Fair Grounds. Just one separately listed Pool 3 horse, Mark Valeski, is in the Louisiana Derby field of 14.

This is the final pool in the 2012 Future Wager. Pool 1 was held Feb. 10-12 and Pool 2 March 2-4.

Live streaming odds and exacta will-pays are available throughout the weekend on television monitors at tracks and wagering outlets and on kentuckyderby.com.

This is the 14th year Churchill has offered parimutuel futures.

Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
Taking less than 10-1 on Union Rags is a awful wager, he's gonna be around 10-1 on Derby day and has 0 shot to win with that crumb of a rider..
st More than 1 year ago
Castellano hoping off Union Rags pretty much doomed any Derby chances for Union Rags. Take Charge Indy (Calvin Borel effect combined with a florida derby victory will be 5-1) will be the derby's favorite unless Hansen freaks in the blue grass, Take Charge Indy is actually the only play worth a Future's bet if you like him. Derby Day,,Take Charge Indy will be the biggest overlay hands down biggest underlay is setting up to be secret cirlce
Nicholas Briglia More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I would want take charge Indy at 50-1, let alone 20-1 .
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
I like how the herd is betting down Union Rags! Creative Cause and Gemologist are getting double-digit odds. Great value for two horses who seem reasonably sure of beating Rags in the Derby ....if he starts. There's a chance he might not - given the fragility of these 3 YOs.
sam More than 1 year ago
YOU ARE RIGHT RAY,BUT SO MUCH THE BETTER ODDS FOR THE OTHER CONTENDERS
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
as much as i like union rags why would you take 7/2 weeks before the race,when if he gets to the starting gate you will probably get 4/1 or 5/1 on the day,the only reason to bet futures is to get value on a long shot that might improve and if your lucky make it into the race at much lower odds,betting the favorite at short odds or the same odds is just plain stupid even if he wins.
harvey savitsky More than 1 year ago
take the 7/2!!
Edward Kelly More than 1 year ago
The ultimate toolbag. Thank the lord people like you exist to populate the mutual pool. Not because you like UnionRags who is a legitimate threat to win but because even after Ray explains exactly why it is silly to take 7/2 you still say take 7/2 to show that you think Rags is a prohibitive favorite. The fact is that if you had paid attention the last ten years, a bunch of horses that were bigger favorites going into the Derby all were at least 4-1 or better. There is absolutely no chance that URags hits the gate at 7/2 or lower considering that he can't do anything from now to then other than get hurt. Even of he is the race favorite, his odds will most likely be in the 6-1 range.