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Eskendereya, Lookin At Lucky Favored Individuals, But ‘All Others' The Choice In Derby Futures Pool 2
A dominating victory in the Fountain of Youth (Grade II) stakes has made Eskendereya the co-morning line favorite with champion Lookin At Lucky among individual wagering interests for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but it’s the mutuel field, or “all others,” that will be favored again when the three-day pool opens its March 5-7 run on Friday.
The “all others” wagering interest – which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in each KDFW Pool – was a strong 3-2 favorite at the conclusion of Feb. 12-14 opening pool of the Derby Future bet. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia installed the mutuel field as the 7-2 favorite in the morning line odds for this weekend’s Pool 2, while Eskendereya and Lookin At Lucky are the co-second choices at 6-1. Eskendereya closed at 22-1 in February’s opening KDFW pool, but his status rose sharply following an 8 1/2-length victory in the Feb. 20 Fountain of Youth. The Bob Baffert-trained Lookin At Lucky, the 8-1 favored individual in KDFW Pool 1, is scheduled to make his 2010 debut in the March 13 Rebel (GII) at Oaklawn Park.
Betting on KDFW Pool 2 is set to open at noon (all times EST) Friday, March 5 for wagering at racetracks and satellite wagering centers, along with TwinSpires.com and other on-line wagering platforms. Wagering will conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides fans with an opportunity to bet weeks in advance on contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at odds that could be more attractive than those they would receive on Derby Day. All KDFW pools also include exacta wagering. The Derby Future bet is a $2 minimum “win” wager. The minimum wager for a straight exacta, which requires the bettor to select the Kentucky Derby’s top two finishers in the exact order of finish, is $2, while the minimum for exacta boxes and wheels is $1. There are no scratches and no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Eskendereya is one of five Pool 2 horses trained by Todd Pletcher, the four-time Eclipse Award winner who has yet to win the Kentucky Derby in 24 attempts. Other Pletcher trainees are Aikenite (50-1), El Camino Real Derby (GIII) winner Connemara (20-1), Risen Star (GIII) winner Discreetly Mine, and Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Super Saver.
There are 10 new betting interests in KDFW Pool 2 that include Robert B. Lewis winner Caracortado, Connemara, Hutcheson (GII) winner D’Funnybone, Discreetly Mine, Nextdoorneighbor, Odysseus, Radiohead (GB), Setsuko, Sidney’s Candy and Risen Star runner-up Tempted to Tapit.
Information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and real time odds are available online at www.kentuckyderby.com/contenders/future-wager
2010 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER
POOL 2 (March 5-7)
Morning Line Odds
Dave in Dixie
Lookin At Lucky
Tempted to Tapit (g)*
Vale of York
All Other 3 YO’s
Morning Line by Churchill Downs Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia
(g) - gelding * - new wagering interest in Pool 2