Kentucky Derby Future Wager: All others, Forte are top choices

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: All others, Forte are top choices
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Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 4 is set to open Friday with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero and champion 2-year-old Forte tabbed as the 8-1 individual betting favorite among the 39 individual betting interests plus the No. 40 option of “all other 3-year-olds” who were not listed.

Pool 4, which features $2 win and exacta wagering, will open Friday at noon EST and close Sunday at 6 p.m.

Click here for HRN rankings of Kentucky Derby 2023 contenders.

The comebacking Forte, a three-time Grade 1 winner, is based at Palm Beach Downs in South Florida and has recorded three published workouts since his return to the track. Trainer Todd Pletcher reported the Fountain of Youth (G2) on March 4 is a possible target for Forte’s next start.

Pool 4 has 13 new betting interests: Determinedly, Eyeing Clover, First Defender, Frosted Departure, Funtastic Again, Game Change, Geaux Rocket Ride, General Jim, Hoosier Philly, Mage, Red Route One, Shadow Dragon and Slip Mahoney.

Brad Cox leads all trainers with a roster of 10 3-year-olds in pool 4 followed by Steve Asmussen, with six, and Pletcher, with four.

Jockey Luis Saez has ridden five pool 4 entrants in their last start: Determinedly, General Jim, Instant Coffee, Kingsbarns and Tapit Trice.

After pool 4, there will be two additional opportunities for fans to wager early on contenders targeting Kentucky Derby 2023. Pool 5 will run March 10-12, and pool 6 is March 30-April 1. The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 5 March 10-12.

As was the case last year, pool 4 will assume that horses currently under the care of a trainer suspended from competing in the 2023 Kentucky Derby will not be under consideration. Instead, they will be included in the pari-mutuel field.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 4

40. All other 3-year-olds  2-1  
13. Forte  8-1Todd PletcherViolence
24. Instant Coffee12-1Brad CoxBolt d'Oro
38. Verifying15-1Brad CoxJustify
35. Tapit Trice20-1Todd PletcherTapit
39. Victory Formation20-1Brad CoxTapwrit
  4. Blazing Sevens20-1Chad BrownGood Magic
10. Dubyuhnell30-1Danny GarganGood Magic
11. Eyeing Clover30-1Brad CoxLookin at Lucky
14. Frosted Departure30-1Kenny McPeekFrosted
15. Funtastic Again30-1Wesley WardFuntastic 
19. Giant Mischief30-1Brad CoxInto Mischief
  3. Banishing30-1Brendan WalshGhostzapper
17. Geaux Rocket Ride40-1Richard MandellaCandy Ride 
30. Red Route One40-1Steve AsmussenGun Runner
31. Rocket Can40-1Bill MottInto Mischief
  7. Cyclone Mischief40-1Dale RomansInto Mischief
  8. Determinedly40-1Mark CasseCairo Prince
12. First Defender50-1Steve AsmussenQuality Road
16. Game Change50-1Shug McGaugheyCandy Ride 
18. General Jim50-1Shug McGaugheyInto Mischief 
21. Gun Pilot50-1Steve AsmussenGun Runner
23. Hoosier Philly50-1Tom AmossInto Mischief 
26. Kingsbarns50-1Todd PletcherUncle Mo
27. Litigate50-1Todd PletcherBlame
28. Mage50-1Gustavo DelgadoGood Magic 
29. Practical Move50-1Tim YakteenPractical Joke
33. Shopper's Revenge50-1Steve AsmussenTapit
34. Slip Mahoney50-1Brad CoxArrogate 
36. Tapit's Conquest50-1Brad CoxTapit
37. Two Phil's50-1Larry RivelliHard Spun
  5. Confidence Game50-1Keith DesormeauxCandy Ride
22. Hit Show60-1Brad CoxCandy Ride
32. Shadow Dragon60-1Bill MottArmy Mule 
  6. Curly Jack60-1Tom AmossGood Magic
  9. Disarm60-1Steve AsmussenGun Runner
  1. Angel of Empire80-1Brad CoxClassic Empire
  2. Arctic Arrogance80-1Linda RiceFrosted
20. Gulfport80-1Steve AsmussenGood Magic
25. Jace's Road80-1Brad CoxQuality Road

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