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Did you invest in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2? Let's take
a look at how 11 of those Future bets have performed in the two weeks since the
closing date of Feb. 8.
Intense Holiday out performed his
KDFW Pool 2 odds of 69-1 with his determined closing run to win the Risen Star
at the Fair Grounds Race Course where he was 5-1. In addition he picked up 50 Road to the Derby points, which means
he definitely has a place in the Derby field. Anyone that played this Todd
Pletcher trainee in the Futures is entitled to have the biggest smile on their
face and right now I am smiling.
Tapiture won the Southwest
Stakes at Oaklawn Park at odds of 5.5-1. His closing odds in Pool 2 were 38-1.
This Tapit colt earned a 98 BSF for trainer Steve Asmussen. Tapiture now has 22
Derby points and, based on last year’s points, this should easily put him in
On the same day that Pool 2 closed Candy Boy won the Robert E. Lewis at Santa Anita. In Pool 2 he
closed at 32-1 and an hour or so later he was 2.3-1 when he won his Derby prep
race for John Sadler and Gary Stevens.
Commissioner was one of the top
choices in the KDFW 2 at odds of 22-1. He had a lackluster performance to
finish sixth in the Fountain of Youth on a track that was probably not to his
liking. This Pletcher horse will next start away from Gulfstream Park. He will
need to show a lot more at that time.
Rise Up the winner of last
year’s Delta Jackpot was bet to 47-1 in Pool 2. In his 2014 debut in the Risen
Star he finished seventh at odds of 4.3-1.
Matterhorn was made an
individual betting interest in Pool 2 off only a November 2013 maiden victory
at Aqueduct. His 10th place finish in Saturday’s star-studded OC
allowance at Gulfstream did little to enhance his 63-1 Future Pool odds. This
Pletcher runner now seems unlikely to make the Derby field.
With four horses amongst the 23 investment possibilities in Pool 2,
it should come as no surprise that trainer Todd Pletcher had the top and bottom performers in this very difficult market to
The other five horses that have run in the last two weeks all
finished with creditable second or third place finishes and solidly remain on
the Kentucky Derby trail.
If you bet a few dollars on the top performers you should enjoy it
now because the toughest things about this investment are that there is lots of
racing left to go and that it doesn't pay off until the first Saturday in May.
If you bet on the worst performers you have another opportunity to
play the futures as KDFW Pool 3 opens on February 27 and runs until March 1.