Pool 2 of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens Thursday at noon ET and runs until approximately
6:00 pm ET on Saturday. In other words: the future is now. Pool 2 features nine horses that were part of
Pool 1, and 14 new betting interests. Also, there is the option to wager on
the mutuel field or all the other horses beyond the 23 designated individual
The KDFW is an opportunity
to have some fun and make a wager while trying to pick the winner of the 140th
running of the Kentucky Derby 80 or so days in advance. For the more serious
handicappers and gamblers, who bet on the KDFW, it is all about finding value.
Any bettor who is willing to make a large future wager must weigh the odds
against the fact that most of the betting interests in the KDFW Pool 2 will not
make it to the starting gate on May 3rd.
I like to have fun with
the Future Wager by making a few small bets here and there. For me, being able
to say I picked the Derby winner in Pool 1 or 2 is worth just has much as the
small wager that goes with it. I cashed a ticket on I'll Have Another at 29-1 that was a
Pool 1 wager in 2012.
Even with the popularity
of Orb in 2013, the Future wager
provided some value. Orb’s price on Derby day was $12.80, but he paid $26.20 in
Pool 2 and $29.60 in Pool 3.
This year’s Future Wager
Pool 1 was offered in November, based solely on the two year-old seasons. At
that time I bet Cairo Prince at 26-1
and Honor Code at 10-1. I am very happy with the bet on Cairo Prince after his
win in the Holy Bull. The wager on Honor Code seems to be lacking value considering he has fallen way behind in his
training due to ankle problems.
Be sure to look at the
chart that highlights the nine horses that have appeared in both Pool 1 and
Pool 2 for this year’s Derby. The chart shows Pool 1 closing odds and Pool 2
morning line odds.
If you play the Futures
Wager let us know the horses you like over the next few days. Be sure to
consult the Kentucky Derby Contenders page at Horse Racing Nation to help make your choices.