KY Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Facts & Figures

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(The Kentucky Derby is just 23 weeks away / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

With the Kentucky Derby still 23 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Game Winner was the clear 5-1 second choice.

Other horses that attracted the most interest from bettors were impressive debut winnerColiseum (10-1), unbeaten Best Pal (GII) winner Instagrand (10-1), Street Sense winnerImprobable (17-1) and Champagne (GI) runner-up Code of Honor (18-1). Game Winner, Coliseum and Improbable are trained by five-time Kentucky Derby-winner Bob Baffert.

Horses in order of favoritism (Pool 1 Odds and $2 Win Will Pays): #24 “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” (6-5, $4.60); #6 Game Winner (5-1, $13.80); #3 Coliseum (10-1, $22.20); #9Instagrand (10-1, $23.60); #8 Improbable (17-1, $36.20); #2 Code of Honor (18-1, $39.40); #13Maximus Mischief (26-1, $55.20); #19 Signalman (30-1, $63); #18 Roadster (32-1, $66.60); #22 Vekoma (36-1, $74); #14 Mucho (44-1, $90.20); #11 Knicks Go (44-1, $91.20); #12 Magic On Tap(43-1, $89.20); #20 Tale of the Union (46-1, $95.40); #15 Mucho Gusto (47-1, $97.80); #10 King for a Day (53-1, $109.40); #21 Uncle Benny (53-1, $109.80); #16 Network Effect (59-1, $120.60); #1 Cairo Cat (59-1, $120.80); #23 “All 3-Year-Old Fillies” (66-1, $135); #4 Dunph (72-1, $146.20); #7 Gunmetal Gray (76-1, $154); #5 Epic Dreamer (88-1, $178.80); and #17 Preamble (117-1, $237.80).

Total handle for the Nov. 22-25 KDFW pool – the first of four scheduled wagering pools in advance of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on Saturday, May 4 – was $258,389 ($186,470 in the Win pool and $71,919 in Exactas), which was a 3.2% increase from last year’s $250,259 ($177,103 in the Win pool and $73,156 in Exactas).

Inaugurated in 1999, the Kentucky Derby Future Wager has been offered for a 21st consecutive year, but this marks only the sixth time that Churchill Downs has hosted a KDFW pool in November on closing weekend of its Fall Meet.

This year’s early Derby betting menu also included the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which, for the fourth consecutive year, provided bettors with a unique opportunity to wager on select breeding stars and their entire crop of juveniles with the hope of winning next year’s Kentucky Derby.

“All Other Sires” and Tapit attracted the most attention from bettors. “All Other Sires” closed as the 9-2 favorite, while and Tapit, the sire of Coliseum and Magic On Tap, was 6-1. Also, close behind were Candy Ride (ARG), the sire of Game Winner and Nashua (GIII) victor Vekoma, and Into Mischief, sire of Instagrand and unbeaten Maximus Mischief, who both closed at odds of 7-1.

Here’s the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager field (with breeding farm and morning line odds): #24 “All Other Sires” (9-2, $11.40); #17 Tapit (6-1, $15.20); #3 Candy Ride (ARG) (7-1, $16); #8 Into Mischief (7-1, $17.20); #5 Curlin (13-1, $28.80); #4 City Zip (17-1, $36.20); #14 Quality Road (20-1, $43.60); #10 Medaglia d’Oro (21-1, $44.20); #19 Uncle Mo (23-1, $49.40); #1 Bernardini (24-1, $50.60); #13 Pioneerof the Nile (24-1, $51.60); #6 Ghostzapper (27-1, $56.80); #15 Scat Daddy (27-1, $57.60); #12 Orb (28-1, $59.80); #20 Union Rags (29-1, $61.60); #2 Cairo Prince (30-1, $63.40); #23 Will Take Charge (40-1, $83); #22 War Front (41-1, $84.60); #21 Violence (47-1, $96); #7 Giant’s Causeway (47-1, $97.20); #11 More Than Ready (48-1, $98.60); #9 Malibu Moon (49-1, $100.40); #18 Tiznow (50-1, $102.20); and #16 Speightstown (59-1, $121).

Total betting on the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager was $32,924 ($21,065 in the Win pool and $11,859 in the Exactas), which was off from last year’s $42,953 ($27,731 in the Win pool and $15,222 in the Exactas). The KDFW and Sire Future Wager combined to handle $291,313, which was essentially flat compared to $293,212 in 2017.

Dates for the remaining 2019 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools are Feb. 8-10 (Pool 2), March 8-10 (Pool 3) and April 5-7 (Pool 4). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on March 8-10. for more information.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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