The opening day of the second pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) was a tale of two very different horses as unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#23) emerged over the inexperienced Runflatout (#14), an dazzling winner in his only career start, as a narrow fan’s choice to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.

            At the end of the day Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo was the 9-2 favorite with two days remaining in the three-day pool, but West Point Thoroughbreds’ Runflatout, a 50-1 risk in oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s KDFW Pool 2 morning line, was close behind as the 5-1 second choice.   The Todd Pletcher-trained Uncle Mo is scheduled to make his first start since a romp in November’s Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Churchill Downs in Saturday’s Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park.  Runflatout, who won his only career outing on Jan. 29 at Santa Anita, will make his stakes debut for trainer John Sadler in Saturday’s San Felipe (GII) at that Southern California track.

Kentucky Derby fans wagered $51,097 on Pool 2’s opening day, with $40,828 wagered to win and $10,269 in exacta betting.  Wagering will resume at noon (all times Eastern) on Saturday and Sunday’s final session of Derby Future betting will run from noon-6 p.m.  KDFW Pool 2 mutuel payouts on Kentucky Derby Day 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 famed “Run for the Roses” at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on the day of America’s greatest race.  It offers win and exacta wagering, and all bets are $2 minimum wagers, and there are no refunds  on any KDFW wager.  If it is determined that an individual horse has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from competing in Kentucky Derby, wagering on that interest will be suspended immediately.

The mutuel field (#24), which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 2, was the pool’s morning line favorite, but was an 11-1 risk after Friday’s betting.  Fans displayed solid support for Remsen (GII) winner To Honor and Serve, a close 6-1 third choice, and Holy Bull (GIII) winner Dialed In, a 9-1 shot. 

 

Along with the San Felipe and Timely Writer, Saturday’s Kentucky Derby prep schedule includes the Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs headed by unbeaten Brethren (#4), who stood at 18-1 after Friday’s betting.

 

               KENTUCKY DERBY         FUTURE WAGER

Pool 2, March 11-13

Day 1 (Friday, March 11) 

#

Wagering Interest

Morning Line

Friday, March 11

1

Anthony’s Cross

30-1

49-1

2

Archarcharch*

50-1

33-1

3

Astrology

50-1

66-1

4

Brethren

15-1

18-1

5

Comma to the Top (g)

50-1

61-1

6

Dialed In

10-1

9-1

7

Elite Alex*

50-1

25-1

8

Gourmet Dinner

30-1

41-1

9

J P’s Gusto (r)

50-1

47-1

10

Jaycito

20-1

23-1

11

Machen

50-1

49-1

12

Mucho Macho Man

20-1

33-1

13

Rogue Romance

30-1

45-1

14

Runflatout*

50-1

5-1

15

Santiva

30-1

35-1

16

Silver Medallion

50-1

47-1

17

Soldat

8-1

12-1

18

Stay Thirsty

20-1

37-1

19

Sway Away*

15-1

32-1

20

Sweet Ducky

50-1

99-1

21

The Factor

10-1

35-1

22

To Honor and Serve

15-1

6-1

23

Uncle Mo

7-2

9-2

24

Mutuel Field (All Other 3 YOs)

3-1

11-1

(g) – gelding   (r) – ridgling

* New wagering interest in KDFW Pool 2

Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia