of the country was covered by snow and ice during the three-day run of
Churchill Downs Racetrack’s second of four pools of its 2014 Kentucky Derby Future
Wager (“KDFW”), but fan betting produced a hot battle between six
3-year-old Thoroughbreds for the honor of favored individual horse, and
trainer Shug McGaughey’s Honor Code (#8) topped that tight group by the betting equivalent of a nose.
There was no
surprise in regard to the overall favorite as the Mutuel Field (#24), or
“all others”, was the strong bettors’ 3-2 choice in Pool 2, which
opened at noon (all times Eastern) on Thursday, Feb.
6 and concluded Saturday at 6 p.m.
through the final hours of betting on individual horses in the pool and
Honor Code, winner of last fall’s Remsen (Grade II) at Aqueduct, was the
fan favorite to win the 140th
running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on May 3 – but only by a whisker.
Honor Code closed at 12-1 to edge Cairo Prince (#2)
– a dominant winner of the Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull (GIII) last time
out who was narrowly beaten by Honor Code in the Remsen – and his
stablemate Top Billing (#21), an impressive allowance winner at
Gulfstream Park in his most recent outing. Both Cairo Prince and Honor
Code closed at 13-1, but the former got the narrow edge as the second
wagering choice among individual horses by a
margin of $121.
Just behind that trio came unbeaten 2-year-old champion Shared Belief (#17), who bids to provide Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with his first Kentucky Derby triumph and closed at
14-1; Hopeful (GI) winner Strong Mandate (#18), a 17-1 risk for 78-year-old four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas; and Midnight Hawk (#13), whose odds stood at 19-1 when betting closed approximately one hour prior to his
third-place finish for three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert as the betting favorite in the $200,000-added Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita.
Robert Lewis, Saturday’s Prep Season stop on the “Road to the Kentucky
Derby”, the point system that will determine the eligibility of the 20
horses that will compete in this year’s “Run for
the Roses,” was won by Candy Boy (#4), who closed at 32-1 in Pool 2 betting.
horses that attracted solid betting support in the pool included a pair
of horses trained by Todd Pletcher: Commissioner (#5) and Havana (#7).
Commissioner, the only horse to defeat Top Billing,
closed at 22-1 and Havana, who defeated Honor Code in the Champagne
(GI), ended the pool at 28-1.
The unbeaten Indianapolis (#9), another Baffert trainee, closed at 25-1 and Conquest Titan (#6), runner-up to Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull for trainer Mark Casse, was a 29-1
shot when wagering in the pool ended.
Total wagering during Pool 2 was $380,250, which included $92,927 in exacta wagers.
This week’s KDFW
pool was the first of 2014, but the second of the Kentucky Derby 140
season following the Nov. 27-30 opening pool – the first autumn pool
conducted by Churchill Downs since it introduced
the ground-breaking pari-mutuel wager in 1999. The November pool
concluded with “All Others” as the odds-on favorite at 4-5 and generated
wagering of $273,174, which included $35,096 in exacta wagers.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides fans with the opportunity to wager
on contenders for America’s greatest race well in advance of the race
at odds the could be much more attractive than
those available on the day of the race.
with the $2-minimum win betting, KDFW pools offer exacta wagering in the
form of $2 minimum straight exacta bets or $1-minimum exacta boxes and
part-wheels. No scratches or betting refunds
are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Betting on an
individual horse in the pool will be suspended immediately if Churchill
Downs determines during the pool that injury, illness or other
circumstance would prevent the horse from competing in their
Pool 3 of
the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is scheduled to open Thursday, Feb. 27
and close on Saturday, March 1. The Derby wager will be accompanied by
the year’s only pool of the Kentucky Oaks
The fourth and final KDFW Pool is scheduled for March 27-29.
Real-time odds and other information on the KDFW are available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com,
and information on the KOFW is available at www.KentuckyOaks.com.