Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set to open Friday at noon EST with the pari-mutuel field of “all other 3-year-olds” tabbed as the 7-5 morning line favorite.
The second of five pools for the KDFW will run for three days through Sunday at 6 p.m. EST. Bettors may place win and exacta wagers at simulcast outlets nationwide and via advanced-deposit wagering platforms.
Like in Pool 1, the KDFW pools assumes that horses under the care of trainers suspended from competing in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, most notably Bob Baffert, will not be under consideration.
Lucky Seven Stable’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner Smile Happy was installed as the 8-1 individual Pool 2 favorite by morning-line oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. Trained by Kenny McPeek, Smile Happy is based at Gulfstream Park in South Florida and has been steadily working toward his 3-year-old debut. Smile Happy is one of four McPeek-trained colts in Pool 2. The others are Dash Attack (20-1), Rattle N Roll (30-1) and Tiz the Bomb (20-1).
In Pool 1, Smile Happy closed as the 8-1 individual favorite behind “all other colts and geldings,” who were the odds-on 3-5 betting choice. Total handle for the Nov. 25-28 KDFW pool was $326,448, including $263,008 in the win pool and $63,440 for exactas. The total was up 30.9 percent from last year’s $249,331.
Here’s the complete Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 field with trainers and morning-line odds:
|KDFW Pool 2||Trainer||ML|
|1. Chasing Time||Steve Asmussen||20-1|
|2. Classic Causeway||Brian Lynch||30-1|
|3. Commandperformance||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|4. Courvoisier||Kelly Breen||30-1|
|5. Dash Attack||Kenny McPeek||20-1|
|6. Emmanuel||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|7. Epicenter||Steve Asmussen||15-1|
|8. Giant Game||Dale Romans||30-1|
|9. High Oak||Bill Mott||50-1|
|10. Jack Christopher||Chad Brown||10-1|
|11. Major General||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|12. Make It Big||Saffie Joseph Jr.||50-1|
|13. Mo Donegal||Todd Pletcher||12-1|
|14. Pappacap||Mark Casse||20-1|
|15. Rattle N Roll||Kenny McPeek||30-1|
|16. Simplification||Antonio Sano||30-1|
|17. Slow Down Andy||Doug O'Neill||15-1|
|18. Smile Happy||Kenny McPeek||8-1|
|19. Tiz the Bomb||Kenny McPeek||20-1|
|20. Trafalgar||Al Stall Jr.||50-1|
|21. Varatti||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|22. White Abarrio||Saffie Joseph Jr.||50-1|
|23. Zandon||Chad Brown||12-1|
|24. All other 3-year-olds||7-5|
The pari-mutuel field for the first pool of the new year has closed as the bettors’ choice every year since the wager was inaugurated in 1999, and the final odds were 5-2 in five of the last seven years.
There are nine new individual interests from Pool 1 in the KDFW. They are first-level allowance winner Chasing Time, Jerome winner Courvoisier, Smarty Jones winner Dash Attack, debut maiden winner Emmanuel, Saratoga Special winner High Oak, Remington Springboard Mile winner Make It Big, Mucho Macho Man winner Simplification, Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) winner Slow Down Andy and Kentucky Jockey Club third-place finisher White Abarrio.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be far greater and more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The 148th running of Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs.
There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of this week’s four-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby, betting on the individual horse would be suspended immediately.
The other Future Wager dates are set for Feb. 11-13 (Pool 3), March 11-13 (Pool 4) and March 31-April 2 (Pool 5). The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 set for March 11-13.