From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Kevin Kerstein & Darren Rogers:

FIERCENESS 5-2 FAVORITE IN KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 6

 Four weeks in advance of the 150th running of the $5 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), bettors made Florida Derby (GI) winnerFierceness the 5-2 favorite with Risen Star (GII) and Blue Grass winner Sierra Leone the 7-1 second choice in the sixth and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Japan’s unbeaten Forever Young (JPN) was the 8-1 third betting choice.

The three-day pool closed Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in advance of the day’s three Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series races: the Wood Memorial (GI), Blue Grass (GI) and Santa Anita Derby (GI).

Resilience won the Wood Memorial and closed at odds of 76-1. Stronghold prevailed in the Santa Anita Derby and was 30-1 in the KDFW.

Horses in order of the public’s betting choice (with Pool 6 odds and $2 Win will pays):

#13 Fierceness (Todd Pletcher, City of Light, 5-2, $7.64);

#28 Sierra Leone (Chad Brown, Gun Runner, 7-1, $17.62);

#14 Forever Young (JPN) (Yoshito Yahagi, Real Steel, 8-1, $18.88);

#5 Deterministic (Christophe Clement, Liam’s Map, 12-1, $26.52);

#3 Catching Freedom (Brad Cox, Constitution, 12-1, $26.78);

#7 Dornoch (Danny Gargan, Good Magic, 12-1, $27.62);

#40 “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (22-1, $47.40);

#19 Just a Touch (Brad Cox, Justify, 22-1, $47.94);

#37 Tuscan Sky (Todd Pletcher, Vino Rosso, 24-1, $51.84);

#18 Honor Marie (Whit Beckman, Honor Code, 26-1, $54.96);

#30 Stronghold (Phil D’Amato, Ghostzapper, 30-1, $62.64);

#20 Just Steel (Wayne Lukas, Justify, 30-1, $62.82);

#24 Mystik Dan (Kenny McPeek, Goldencents, 35-1, $72.98);

#10 Endlessly (Michael McCarthy, Oscar Performance, 37-1, $77.94);

#6 Domestic Product (Chad Brown, Practical Joke, 40-1, $82.60);

#27 Seize the Grey (Wayne Lukas, Arrogate, 42-1, $87.22);

#1 Be You (Todd Pletcher, Curlin, 52-1, $106.28);

#36 Track Phantom (Steve Asmussen, Quality Road, 53-1, $109.44);

#9 Encino (Brad Cox, Nyquist, 63-1, $129.14);

#38 Uncle Heavy (Butch Reid, Social Inclusion, 72-1, $147.42);

#26 Resilience (Bill Mott, Into Mischief, 76-1, $154.04);

#35 Top Conor (Chad Brown, Twirling Candy, 80-1, $162.16);

#17 Hades (Joe Orseno, Awesome Slew, 92-1, $186.22);

#2 Catalytic (Saffie Joseph Jr., Catalina Cruiser, 99-1, $201.10);

#8 El Grande O (Linda Rice, Take Charge Indy, 117-1, $236.26);

#39 West Saratoga (Larry Demeritte, Exaggerator, 121-1, $244.70);

#31 T O Password (JPN) (Daisuke Takayanagi, Copano Rickey, 135-1, $272.86);

#12 Evening News (Mike Pino, Nyqist, 147-1, $297.26);

#11 Epic Ride (John Ennis, Blame, 156-1, $314.26):

#15 Good Money (Chad Brown, Good Magic, 157-1, $316.52);

#16 Grand Mo the First (Victor Barboza Jr., Uncle Mo, 179-1, $360.46);

#22 Mc Vay (John Shirreffs, Constitution, 194-1, $391.18);

#4 Common Defense (Kenny McPeek, Karakontie, 234-1, $470.38);

#25 No More Time (Jose D’Angelo, Not This Time, 277-1, $557.16);

#32 Tapalo (John Sadler, Tapiture, 294-1, $591.90);

#21 Lat Long (Kenny McPeek, Liam’s Map, 322-1, $647.66);

#23 Merit (Saffie Joseph Jr., Mastery, 478-1, $958.02);

#33 Tessuto (George Papaprodromou, Munnings, 516-1, $1,035.84);

#29 Society Man (Danny Gargan, Good Magic, 793-1, $1,588.18); and

#34 Timberlake (Brad Cox, Into Mischief, Wagering Suspended).

Total handle for the April 4-6 KDFW pool – the final future wager pool in advance of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4 – was $376,038 ($268,996 in the Win Pool and $107,042 in Exactas) vs. $369,443 ($271,230 in the Win pool and $98,213 in Exactas) in 2023.

A total of $2,052,391 was bet on Derby and Oaks future wagers this year, a 13% increase from last year’s $1,813,542.

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