Repole Stable’s unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#23), an easy winner in his 2011 debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park, emerged as the favorite in the second of three pools of Churchill Downs2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) – but not by much.  The results of the pool validated the acknowledged status of America’s reigning 2-year-old champion as winner of last fall’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) as the favorite for this year’s 137th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), on Saturday, May 7.

The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Indian Charlie, who has yet to be seriously challenged in his four career races, was the narrow 3-1 favorite when Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 betting closed Sunday at 6 p.m. (all Times EDT) at racetracks and off-track betting centers, along with TwinSpires.com and other advance deposit wagering platforms.  But close behind was the Mutuel Field, or “All Others” (#24), at 7-2.  The ‘all others’ bet includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in the pool – a massive group that included weekend Kentucky Derby prep race winners Premier Pegasus – who knocked off KDFW stars Jaycito (#10), Comma to the Top (#5) and Runflatout (#14) in the San Felipe (GII) at Santa Anita – and Watch Me Go, the 43-1 longshot who upset KDFW wagering interest Brethren (#4) in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (GIII).

Total betting during the three-day Pool 2 was $376,699, which included $97,165 wagered in the exacta pool.  Total betting was the sixth-highest Pool 2 figure in the Derby Future bet’s 13-year history.  Combined wagering in the first two Derby Future pools of 2011 stands at $969,191.  KDFW Pool 2 mutuel payouts on Kentucky Derby Day will be determined by the odd that were 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 third and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool of 2011 is set for April 1-3, and the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race, is set for Saturday, May 7.

While most of the betting action was focused on favored Uncle Mo and the “All Others” option, there was significant Pool 2 support for several well-regarded 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.                                                             

Holy Bull (GIII) winner Dialed In (#6), trained by two-time Kentucky Derby winner Nick Zito, closed as the overall third choice in Pool 2 at 11-1.  Soldat (#17), the impressive winner of the Fountain of Youth (GII) for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, closed at odds o 13-1, just ahead of Remsen (GII) winner To Honor and Serve (#22), who finished third to Soldat in the Fountain of Youth and was a 14-1 risk at the conclusion of Sunday’s Pool 2 betting.  The Bob Baffert-trained Jaycito was 16-1 and San Vicente (GII) runner-up Sway Away (#19) at 18-1.

Sway Away fared the best of the four Pool 2 wagering interests that were not part of last month’s opening pool of the 2011 Derby Future bet.  Othes included Elite Alex (#7) at 31-1, Runflatout (#14) at 14-1 and Archarcharch (#2), who was at 50-1 when the three-day Derby Future Pool closed on Sunday.

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

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER

Pool 2, March 11-13

FINAL ODDS & WILL PAYS

#

Wagering Interest

Morning

Line

3/11

3/12

FINAL

Will Pay

1

Anthony’s Cross

30-1

49-1

39-1

45-1

$93.80

2

Archarcharch*

50-1

33-1

47-1

50-1

$103.60

3

Astrology

50-1

66-1

57-1

53-1

$109.00

4

Brethren

15-1

18-1

20-1

30-1

$63.60

5

Comma to the Top (g)

50-1

61-1

63-1

85-1

$173.60

6

Dialed In

10-1

9-1

10-1

11-1

$24.40

7

Elite Alex*

50-1

25-1

26-1

31-1

$64.60

8

Gourmet Dinner

30-1

41-1

46-1

42-1

$87.00

9

J P’s Gusto (r)

50-1

47-1

52-1

61-1

$125.40

10

Jaycito

20-1

23-1

11-1

16-1

$35.00

11

Machen

50-1

49-1

58-1

68-1

$139.80

12

Mucho Macho Man

20-1

33-1

26-1

29-1

$61.00

13

Rogue Romance

30-1

45-1

32-1

36-1

$73.80

14

Runflatout*

50-1

5-1

16-1

31-1

$64.00

15

Santiva

30-1

35-1

30-1

31-1

$64.80

16

Silver Medallion

50-1

47-1

63-1

31-1

$65.80

17

Soldat

8-1

12-1

14-1

13-1

$29.80

18

Stay Thirsty

20-1

37-1

29-1

25-1

$52.60

19

Sway Away*

15-1

32-1

16-1

18-1

$38.00

20

Sweet Ducky

50-1

99-1

92-1

75-1

$152.20

21

The Factor

10-1

35-1

30-1

32-1

$66.00

22

To Honor and Serve

15-1

6-1

12-1

14-1

$31.80

23

Uncle Mo 

7-2

9-2

4-1

3-1

$8.20

24

Mutuel Field (All Other 3 YOs)

3-1

11-1

5-1

7-2

$9.40

(g) – gelding   (r) – ridgling

* New wagering interest in KDFW Pool 2

Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia