Derby Future Wager: Mattress Mack’s bet moves odds in Pool 2

Derby Future Wager: Mattress Mack’s bet moves odds in Pool 2
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Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale made a $7,000 on Smile Happy, making the colt sired by his stallion Runhappy the shortest-priced individual choice at 8-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

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McIngvale confirmed his Saturday wager in a text Sunday evening to Horse Racing Nation. Nearly two months ago he bet $10,000 on Smile Happy in Pool 1 of the KDFW.

Smile Happy, owned by Michael J. Mackin’s Lucky Seven Stable and trained by Kenny McPeek, was the 3 1/4-length winner of the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs in November.

With the Derby still 15 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “all other 3-year-olds” closed as the 9-5 favorite. The field for the first pool of the new year has closed as the bettors’ choice every year since the future wager was inaugurated in 1999.

Other horses who attracted interest from bettors included McPeek’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Tiz the Bomb (10-1), Champagne (G1) winner Jack Christopher (14-1), first-level allowance winner Chasing Time (17-1) and debut maiden winner Emmanuel (17-1).

Horses in order of the public’s betting choice included:

KDFW Pool 2TrainerMLFriSatSun$2 will pay
24. All other 3-year-olds   7-5  1-1  2-1    9-5    $5.80
18. Smile HappyKenny McPeek  8-1  9-1  6-1    8-1  $18.00
19. Tiz the BombKenny McPeek20-120-1  7-1  10-1  $22.80
10. Jack ChristopherChad Brown10-112-113-1  14-1  $30.00
  1. Chasing TimeSteve Asmussen20-111-113-1  17-1  $36.40
  6. EmmanuelTodd Pletcher50-133-119-1  17-1  $37.60
15. Rattle N RollKenny McPeek30-134-131-1  20-1  $42.60
17. Slow Down AndyDoug O'Neill15-124-125-1  20-1  $43.00
13. Mo DonegalTodd Pletcher12-129-121-1  23-1  $48.20
  7. EpicenterSteve Asmussen15-134-125-1  24-1  $51.20
14. PappacapMark Casse20-118-120-1  24-1  $51.20
23. ZandonChad Brown12-137-139-1  25-1  $52.00
  8. Giant GameDale Romans30-127-129-1  28-1  $59.00
  5. Dash AttackKenny McPeek20-131-134-1  34-1  $70.80
  9. High OakBill Mott50-151-136-1  38-1  $78.80
  4. CourvoisierKelly Breen30-130-135-1  39-1  $81.60
11. Major GeneralTodd Pletcher50-158-142-1  41-1  $84.40
  3. CommandperformanceTodd Pletcher50-145-144-1  41-1  $85.00
16. SimplificationAntonio Sano30-175-164-1  43-1  $89.60
21. VarattiTodd Pletcher50-152-150-1  47-1  $97.40
  2. Classic CausewayBrian Lynch30-178-157-1  51-1$105.60
20. TrafalgarAl Stall Jr.50-199-162-1  77-1$156.60
12. Make It BigSaffie Joseph Jr.50-199-188-1  85-1$172.80
22. White AbarrioSaffie Joseph Jr.50-199-199-1171-1$344.20

The total handle for the Friday-Sunday KDFW pool, the second of five scheduled wagering pools in advance of the May 7 running of the Derby, was $361,209, including $273,712 in the win pool and $87,497 in the exactas, up 12.2 percent from last year’s $322,035, including $240,768 in the win pool and $81,267 in the exacta.

The other Future Wager dates are set 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 Pool 4.

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