With the 2011 debut of Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, the unbeaten 2010 2-year-old champion, set for this weekend, a strong effort by the champion could push the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Indian Charlie into the position of overall favorite in the second betting of three betting pools in Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which opens its three-day run at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday, March 11.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s morning line odds for KDFW Pool 2 indicate it would be no surprise if Uncle Mo (#23) emerged as the favorite in the pool’s 24 betting interests.  Battaglia listed the mutuel field (#24), which includes all 3-year-olds other than the pool’s 23 individual horses, as the 3-1 favorite and Uncle Mo, the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner, as a close 7-2 second choice.  Next in the Pool 2 morning line are Fountain of Youth (GII) winner Soldat (#17) at 8-1; San Vicente (GII) winner The Factor (#21) and Holy Bull (GIII) winner Dialed In (#5), both at 10-1; and unbeaten Brethren (#4) and Remsen (GII) winner To Honor and Serve (#22) are both listed at 15-1.

Uncle Mo was the overall second choice at 7-2 in February’s opening pool, but was a clear favorite among its 23 individual horses.  The mutuel field, or “all others,” was the 2-1 overall favorite at 2-1 in the Feb. 18-20 pool.  “All others” has been the KDFW Pool 1 choice every year since the bet’s debut in 1999.

            Pool 2 betting begins at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday, March 11 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The pool will end 30 minutes prior to the close of betting on the companion Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which also opens Friday at noon.  KDFW Pool 2 mutuel payouts on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, will be determined by the odds in place at Sunday’s close of betting at North American racetracks and off-track betting facilities and TwinSpires.com and other advance deposit wagering outlets.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides fans with opportunities to wager on potential contenders for the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on race day.  It offers win and exacta wagering, and all bets are $2 minimum wagers.  No refunds will be made on any wager made during a KDFW pool.  If it is determined during any pool that an individual horse has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent the betting interest from competing in Kentucky Derby, wagering on the horse will be suspended immediately.

           Uncle Mo is scheduled to make his 2011 debut, also his first start since his easy Breeders’ Cup victory at Churchill Downs in early November, during this weekend’s Derby Future betting.  The champion will run on Saturday in either the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park or the Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs.  Sam F. Davis (GIII) winner Brethren, who is also trained by Pletcher, is expected to run in the latter if Uncle Mo stays at Gulfstream Park.

Three busy days of betting KDFW Pool 1 by Kentucky Derby fans across North America pumped a near-record $592,492 into its win and exacta pools.  The 2011 Pool 1 betting total is the second-largest single pool total in KDFW history, trailing only the $620,362 wagered during the opening pool in 2005.  The 2011 Pool 1 total includes $480,375 wagered to win and $112,117 in exacta bets.

 

Uncle Mo won his three 2010 starts by a combined margin of 23 ¼ lengths.  Along with his 4 ¼-length win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the champion scored an easy win in the Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park.  He is one of two Pool 2 contenders owned by the stable of Mike Repole, who also races the Pletcher-trained Stay Thirsty (#18), winner of last week’s Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct.  Pletcher leads all trainers with three KDFW Pool 2 horses, while three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert trains two in The Factor and Jaycito (#10).  The latter is scheduled to make his first start of 2011, and make his debut for Baffert, in this week’s San Felipe (GII) at Santa Anita.


There are four new betting interests in KDFW Pool 2, an unusually small turnover between betting pools.  The new horses in Pool 2 are Archarcharch (#2), winner of the Southwest (GIII) at Oaklawn Park; Southwest third-place finisher Elite Alex (#7); Runflatout (#14), who is scheduled to run this weekend in the San Felipe and San Vicente runner-up Sway Away (#19).  Horses that were part of KDFW Pool 1 that did not return in this week’s pool were Clubhouse Ride, Decisive Moment, Indian Winter and Tiz Blessed.

 

Information on the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Future Wager – including real-time KDFW Pool 1 odds – is available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com.

 

Wagering interests for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are chosen by a three-member committee that includes Daily Racing Form national handicapper Mike Watchmaker and West Coast correspondent Brad Free, and John Asher, vice president of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs.

 One more Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool will be conducted before the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.  The final pool of 2011 will run from April 1-3.

 

 

 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER

Pool 2, March 11-13 

Program #

KDFW Pool 2 Wagering Interest

Morning Line Odds

1

Anthony’s Cross

30-1

2

Archarcharch*

50-1

3

Astrology

50-1

4

Brethren

15-1

5

Comma to the Top (g)

50-1

6

Dialed In

10-1

7

Elite Alex*

50-1

8

Gourmet Dinner

30-1

9

J P’s Gusto (r)

50-1

10

Jaycito

20-1

11

Machen

50-1

12

Mucho Macho Man

20-1

13

Rogue Romance

30-1

14

Runflatout*

50-1

15

Santiva

30-1

16

Silver Medallion

50-1

17

Soldat

8-1

18

Stay Thirsty

20-1

19

Sway Away*

15-1

20

Sweet Ducky

50-1

21

The Factor

10-1

22

To Honor and Serve

15-1

23

Uncle Mo 

7-2

24

Mutuel Field (All Other 3-Year-Olds)

3-1

(g) – gelding   (r) – ridgling

* New wagering interest in KDFW Pool 2

Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia