03/22/2013 5:22PM

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Verrazano, field both 5-1 as Saturday betting begins

Shigeki Kikkawa
Pool 3 will close on Sunday before Shakin It Up runs in the Sunland Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Verrazano was a very slight favorite over the mutuel field after the first of three days of wagering into Pool 3 of the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opened Friday at noon Eastern.

Before wagering reopened Saturday, and with $41,052 in the win pool, Verrazano was the lukewarm 5-1 choice. The field, the 24th or “all others” option, also was 5-1, with just $244 less having been bet to win on it than Verrazano. They were followed by Itsmyluckyday (10-1), Hear the Ghost (12-1), Vyjack (12-1), Orb (17-1), and three more at 19-1. Another $18,426 had been bet into the exacta pool.


The pool closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. 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. As with any parimutuel wager, odds are not locked in until the pool closes.

Just one separately listed Pool 3 horse, Uncaptured, is in the field Saturday for the Spiral Stakes at Turfway, and one, Shakin It Up, for the Sunland Derby on Sunday. However, the Sunland Derby will be run well after the pool has closed, with post time set for 7:40 p.m. Eastern.

This is the final pool in the 2013 Future Wager. Pool 1 was held Feb. 8-10 and Pool 2 March 1-3. The field closed as the 3-2 favorite in Pool 1 and the 3-1 choice in Pool 2. The two-pool aggregate for 2013 stands at $1,028,531, well short of the three-pool record of $1,665,990 set in 2005. The highest Pool 3 handle was $533,973, also in 2005.

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 15th year Churchill Downs has offered parimutuel futures. Results are predicated on the 139th running of the Derby on May 4.

Rick Schwiesow More than 1 year ago
anyone know where i can get free past performances for the derby and oaks?
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
SUCKER BETS! The pools are MUCH SMALLER than you'll find on Derby Day! Us big hitters bet ACROSS THE BOARD on Derby Day, and we bet small tri-keys... We wait for the real deal. Look at what happened to Violence! If you bet him early you've already lost. Sorry dude! LOL!!!
FMeatball More than 1 year ago
Does anyone Know about the Horse in Pool 3 called Mr Palmer ??!! Can't find anything !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has it occured to you that if the horse isnt listed that it is part of the field????Come on people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sportsbook has Mr Palmer at 50-1. It is a field on Pool3.
Steven Cedroni More than 1 year ago
Thunder Gulch won the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby. He would have been in the Kentucky Derby.
Steven More than 1 year ago
Yes you are right. But when you look when races were ran they would not of had same points being awarded. Still would of had 70 though. The point I was trying to make is if you do not win one of your last two prep races it will be difficult to make the field. I think to get in a horse will need more than 50 points. That being said Shanghai Bobby has to run 2nd or better to qualify unless of course he runs twice between know and derby. Think you will see horses that are on the bubble after Florida an LA Derby wheel right back in 2 weeks for Ark and Blue Grass trying to make it. If it takes more than 50 points to get in Animal Kingdom, Mine that Bird, Giacomo, Funny Cide and War Emblem would not have made the Derby field.
Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
Thunder Gulch won the FOY ..out of the money in the Florida Derby..BUT won the 1995 Kentucky Derby
AndrewD More than 1 year ago
Thunder Gulch won the Florida Derby. He was off the board in the Blue Grass.
Steven Wells More than 1 year ago
I sure am glad this system for getting in the derby wasn't around when Thunder Gulch won. He wouldn't of made the derby and I would not have made the money I did. The way I see this is if Shanghai Bobby doesn't run 2nd or better in his prep race he will not be eligible for the derby. Amazing to think the 2 yr old champ with 1.7 mil in earnings will have to hear sorry you haven't done enough to run. Going to wait for these last 50 point races to run and see who are the top 20 and see how many are still in top 20 in three weeks.
AndrewD More than 1 year ago
Thunder Gulch would have easily been in the field. He won the Florida Derby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly! even having the same assigned points to each race back then what is Steven trying to say? Thunder Gulch would have made the Kentucky Derby
jimf552 More than 1 year ago
Bobby is in the Derby if he chooses to run. The point system is for the top 15 only and the last 5 slots are for earnings.