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With just under six weeks to go until the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by
Yum! Brands (Grade I), the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open Thursday, March 27 with fast-rising West Coast star California Chrome (#5) as the narrow favorite over East Coast hero Cairo
Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia
installed California Chrome as the 5-1 choice in his morning line odds
for the Kentucky Derby futures pool – just ahead of the 6-1 odds he
assigned to Cairo
Prince. Those individual stars were rated just above the Mutuel Field, or “All Others” (#24),
which consists of all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23
individual horses on the Pool 4 betting roster. The favorite in the
three previous KDFW pools
leading up to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, “All Others” is rated the 8-1 third choice in Battaglia’s early odds.
Trained by veteran Art Sherman,
favored California Chrome collected his third consecutive win in a 7
¼-length triumph on March 8 in Santa Anita’s San Felipe (GII). The
California-bred colt will run
next in the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (GI). Cairo Prince rolled to his
third victory in four races on Jan. 25 in a 5 ¾-length romp in the Holy
Bull (GIII) at Florida’s Gulfstream Park. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee is set for a final Kentucky Derby prep
in Saturday’s Florida Derby (GI) at the same track.
Wagering on Pool 4
of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will open at noon (all times
Eastern) on Thursday and conclude at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29.
Wagering will conclude prior to Saturday’s North American
stops on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Championship Series: the
Florida Derby (GI) and Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds. A third
prep – the UAE Derby at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse – will be run earlier
in the day.
The Kentucky Derby
Future Wager provides racing fans with opportunities to wager on
contenders for the famed “Run for the Roses” well in advance of the race
at odds that could be more attractive than those
available on Kentucky Derby Day. The 2014 Kentucky Derby is scheduled to
be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3.
The Kentucky Derby
Future Wager is a $2 minimum win bet, and exacta betting will also be
offered during the three-day betting pool. The minimum exacta wager is
$2, but is available in $1 increments in the
form of an exacta box or wheel or part-wheel combinations that total at
of $334,326 was wagered on the Feb. 27-March 1 KDFW Pool 3. A total
$952,654 has been wagered so far in the three Derby 2014 pools.
refunds or scratches are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
If Churchill Downs should determine during Pool 4 that one of its
individual horses has suffered an injury, illness or other
circumstance would prevent him from competing in the Kentucky Derby,
wagering on that horse would be suspended immediately.
Members of KDFW Pool 4 that were not wagering interests in Pool 3 include Rebel (GII)
winner Hoppertunity (#10), Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Chitu
(#7) and runner-up Midnight Hawk (#13),
Spiral (GIII) winner We Miss Artie (#22), Tampa Bay Derby (GII) winner Ring
Weekend (#15), Gotham (GIII) third-place finisher In Trouble (#11),
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) third-place finisher Bobby’s Kitten (#3), Rebel third Ride
On Curlin (#14) and unbeaten Social Inclusion (#17). Chitu,
We Miss Artie and Social Inclusion are first-time wagering interests not included in any of this season’s three previous pools.
for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools are chosen by a committee
that includes Brisnet Marketing Director Ed DeRosa, HRTV analyst and Daily Racing Form correspondent Brad
Free, turf writer and ESPN.com columnist Gary West and Churchill Downs vice president of Racing Communications John Asher.
Information and real-time odds on Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 are available at www.KentuckyDerby.com