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Eskendereya Now Individual Derby Futures Choice, But 'All Others' Still The Overall Favorite

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/07/2010 #
  • Alphie's Bet, a member of KDFW Pool 2's mutuel field, scored a mild upset in the weather-delayed Grade III Sham at Santa Anita.

Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Eskendereya made a strong move on Saturday into the role the individual favorite for the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), but the “All Others” bet remained the overall fans’ choice with one day remaining in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

Eskendereya, one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s record six KDFW betting interests, ended the day as the solid 6-1 favorite among the 23 individual horses in the pool, but the mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-olds other than those 23 horses, was the 3-1 overall favorite. Eskendereya was the 9-1 third choice over Friday’s opening day of Pool 2 betting. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Dublin, runner-up in the Southwest (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, was the 8-1 third choice after Saturday’s betting, while reigning 2-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky’s odds rose to 9-1 and he ended the day as fourth choice.

Saturday’s two major Kentucky Derby prep races were won by horses that are not among the KDFW Pool 2’s individual betting interests. So Awesome Act, the British-based winner of Aqueduct’s Gotham Stakes (GIII), and California-bred Alphie’s Bet, winner of the Sham (GIII) at Santa Anita, are members of the “all others” interest.

Derby fans wagered $94,128 on Saturday to increase the Pool 2 total to $143,609. The two-day total includes $41,494 in exacta betting. Sunday’s final day of betting in Pool 2 is scheduled to open at noon (all times EST). Betting will conclude at 6 p.m.

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 t he day of the race. All KDFW pools 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 also $2, while the minimum for exacta boxes and wheels is $1. There are no scratches and no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and real time odds on Pool 2 are available online under "Contenders" at www.kentuckyderby.com, the official Web site for the 136th running of America’s greatest race and the definitive online resource for information about the Kentucky Derby experience.

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