Sackatoga Stable’s $1 million Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law has been made the 7-2 morning line favorite in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which will run Friday-Sunday.
With the postponement of the 2020 Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Churchill Downs has announced three additional pools for the KDFW and an extra pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. In addition to this weekend’s Future Wager, Pool 6 of the KDFW will span Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19, while Pool 7 will run Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9. Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will run concurrently with KDFW Pool 6.
Tiz the Law, the multiple Grade I-winning son of Constitution, reaffirmed his status as the early Kentucky Derby favorite with his victory in last Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Belmont Stakes, the kickoff leg to this year’s rescheduled Triple Crown series. Trained by Barclay Tagg, Tiz the Law took strong attention in all four previous pools of the KDFW closing at odds of 11-1, 8-1, 7-1 and 5-1, respectively. Tiz the Law is expected to have one final prep prior to the Kentucky Derby in the $1 million Travers (G1) on Aug. 8 at Saratoga.
Also likely to generate strong interest in Pool 5 of the KDFW is C R K Stable’s $400,000 Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Honor A. P. (5-1). Trained by John Shirreffs, the lightly-raced Honor A. P. scored a mild 2 3/4-length upset over Authentic in last month’s Santa Anita Derby. The top three finishers from that race are individual interests in Pool 5 of the KDFW. Authentic, who finished second as the 1-2 favorite, is tabbed as the 8-1 third choice on the morning line while third-place finisher Rushie is 20-1.
Authentic is one of four entrants in Pool 5 of the KDFW for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The others are Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and St. Elias Stable’s $3.65 million yearling purchase and recent 2 1/4-length debut winner Cezanne (30-1), Albaugh Family Stable and Spendthrift Farm’s multiple Grade 2 winner Thousand Words (50-1) and Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s dazzling seven-length debut winner Uncle Chuck (20-1).
The popular “All Other 3-Year-Old Males” was made the overall co-second choice on the morning line at 5-1. Also added for this pool is the return of the “All 3-Year-Old Fillies” which was made 15-1 on the morning line in the event the connections of top females, such as streaking three-time stakes winner Swiss Skydiver or Acorn (GI) winner Gamine, opt to face open company.
Here’s the complete field for Pool 5 of the KDFW (with trainer and morning line odds):
#1 Art Collector (Tommy Drury Jr., 30-1);
#2 Authentic (Bob Baffert, 8-1);
#3 Basin (Steve Asmussen, 20-1);
#4 Café Pharoah (Noriyuki Hori, 20-1);
#5 Cezanne (Bob Baffert, 20-1);
#6 Creed (Shug McGaughey, 50-1);
#7 Dr Post (Todd Pletcher, 15-1);
#8 Enforceable (Mark Casse, 50-1);
#9 Ete Indien (Patrick Biancone, 30-1);
#10 Honor A. P. (John Shirreffs, 5-1);
#11 King Guillermo (Juan Avila, 20-1);
#12 Man in the Can (Ron Moquett, 50-1);
#13 Max Player (Linda Rice, 20-1);
#14 Money Moves (Todd Pletcher, 30-1);
#15 Mr. Big News (Bret Calhoun, 50-1);
#16 Mystic Guide (Mike Stidham, 50-1);
#17 Ny Traffic (Saffie Joseph Jr., 20-1);
#18 Pneumatic (Steve Asmussen, 30-1);
#19 Rushie (Michael McCarthy, 20-1);
#20 Thousand Words (Bob Baffert, 50-1);
#21 Tiz the Law (Barclay Tagg, 7-2);
#22 Uncle Chuck (Bob Baffert, 20-1);
#23 All 3-Year-Old Fillies (15-1);
#24 All Other 3-Year-Old Males (5-1).
On March 17, Churchill Downs Inc. announced the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby would be rescheduled from Saturday, May 2, to Saturday, Sept. 5, amid public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, and provides fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race.
Bets for the KDFW can be placed on TwinSpires.com and other online wagering outlets across North America. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of the three-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 will be suspended immediately.