Zayat Racing Stable’s Eskendereya, a dazzling 8 ½-length winner of the Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, and Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky, America’s reigning 2-year-old champion and winner of Oaklawn Park’s Rebel (GIII) in his 2010 debut, loom as the likely favorites heading into the third and final three-day pool of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the Todd Pletcher-trained Eskendereya as the 5-1 favorite and Lookin At Lucky, who is bidding of provide Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert with his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, as the 6-1 second choice in his morning line odds for the 24 wagering interests in KDFW Pool 3.  But the Mutuel Field, which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in the pool, is expected to again attract strong support from Future Wager fans.  The “All Others” bet, the favorite in each of the previous 2010 KDFW pools, is the 8-1 third choice in the Pool 3 morning line.

Wagering in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager at racetracks, satellite wagering sites and advance deposit wagering outlets, which include TwinSpires.com, will open at noon (all times EDT), on Friday, March 26.  Betting on the pool is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, March 28 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 the 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. If Churchill Downs determines that injury, illness or other circumstance will prevent the participation of any individual betting interest in the Kentucky Derby, wagering on that interest will be suspended.

The wagering interests for Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are dominated by the stable of four-time Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher, who trains a record seven horses in the pool, one more than the previous record established in 2010’s second three-day pool.  Along with Eskendereya, Pletcher trains Aikenite (50-1), Connemara (20-1), Discreetly Mine (20-1), Interactif (20-1), Rule (20-1) and Super Saver (20-1).  Pletcher is seeking his first victory in the America’s greatest race.

Interactif is one of eight new individual betting interests in the pool.  Others include Ice Box and Pleasant Prince, the 1-2 finishers in last week’s Florida Derby (GI); Gotham (GIII) winner Awesome Act; Sham (GIII) winner Alphie’s Bet; Make Music for Me, Schoolyard Dreams and Homeboykris.

The 23 individual wagering interests in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools are chosen by a panel that includes Brad Free, Southern California  correspondent for Daily Racing Form; Mike Watchmaker, DRF’s national handicapper; and John Asher, Churchill Downs vice president of racing communications.

Real time odds and exacta payouts can be found online here.