There were few surprises on a brisk opening day of betting in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) as 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky ended the day as the favored individual contender for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (Grade I), but the “all others” wagering interest was a heavy overall favorite.
Fueled by a $5,000 wager placed on the mutuel field, which represents all Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 1, during the first five minutes of Friday’s betting, odds on the “all others” betting interest dropped as low as 1-9 in and had risen slightly to 2-5 by late evening. The Bob Baffert-trained Lookin At Lucky, winner of the Cash Futurity (GI) at Hollywood Park last time out, was the second choice at 9-1, while Remsen (GII) winner Buddy’s Saint was a close third choice at 12-1.
A total of $121,975 was wagered during the first of three days of Pool 1 Derby Future betting – which included $105,905 in win wagers and $16,070 in exacta betting. Of the win total, $60,788 was wagered on the mutuel field. Betting is set to resume in the first of three 2010 KDFW pools at noon (all times EST) on Saturday, Feb. 13. Pool 1 wagering will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides an opportunity for fans to wager weeks in advance on contenders for the Kentucky Derby – which will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1 – at odds that could be more attractive than those they would receive on Derby Day. Exacta wagering, a popular addition to the Kentucky Derby Future Wager betting menu in 2009, is back for all three pools in 2010. 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.
Other horses that attracted significant support on Friday’s opening day of betting included Dublin (27-1), the Hopeful (GI) winner trained by four-time Kentucky Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas; unbeaten Uptowncharlybrown (35-1), one of the favorites for Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs; and the WinStar Farm duo of Drosselmeyer (40-1) and Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Super Saver (41-1).