Brother Derek Final Derby Pool Favorite at 5-1

Brother Derek Final Derby Pool Favorite at 5-1
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Brother Derek's Santa Anita romp earns favor in future pool.
Cecil Peacock's Brother Derek, who dominated Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) for his fourth straight stakes victory, stood as the favorite when betting drew to a close on Sunday in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

The California-bred son of Benchmark, who is trained by Dan Hendricks and ridden by Alex Solis, closed as the 5-1 favorite among the 23 wagering interests in KDFW Pool 3. A $2 wager in Pool 3 on Brother Derek would return $12.60 if the colt wins the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Although Brother Derek scored an emphatic win in the Santa Anita Derby, several Kentucky Derby contenders were close behind on the odds board. Next came Lawyer Ron (8-1), winner of the Rebel (gr. III) and the likely favorite in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) Saturday. Others garnering support were unbeaten Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro (9-1), Discreet Cat (9-1), unbeaten winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II), and the gelding Sweetnorthernsaint (10-1) -- who was a 35-1 risk on Saturday but saw his odds plummet following his romp in the Illinois Derby (gr. II).

Wagering in the year's first two pools had already cleared the $1 million mark and business remained strong in the just-completed pool. The public bet $454,743 in Pool 3 to lift total wagering in Churchill Downs' three 2006 pools to $1,471,606, the third highest in the eight-year history of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

2006 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 3 – FINAL
No. Horse, Odds, $2 Payout
1. *A. P. Warrior, 24-1, $51.00
2. Achilles of Troy, OUT
3. Barbaro, 9-1, $20.80
4. Bluegrass Cat, 15-1, $33.20
5. Bob and John, 13-1, $29.40
6. Brother Derek, 5-1, $12.60
7. Cause to Believe, 24-1, $51.80
8. *Deputy Glitters, 72-1, $146.40
9. *Discreet Cat, 9-1, $20.40
10. First Samurai, 13-1, $28.80
11. Keyed Entry, 32-1, $66.20
12. Lawyer Ron, 8-1, $19.80
13. *Like Now, 70-1, $142.00
14. My Golden Song, 99-1, $215.80
15. Point Determined, 13-1, $28.40
16. Private Vow, 25-1, $53.20
17. *Sacred Light, 55-1, $112.80
18. *Sharp Humor, 35-1, $72.60
19. Steppenwolfer, 47-1, $96.00
20. Strong Contender, 25-1, $53.80
21. *Sunriver, 38-1, $78.80
22. Sweetnorthernsaint, 10-1, $22.20
23. *With a City, 89-1, $180.20
24. All Other 3YO's, 15-1, $33.80
TOTAL: $454,743
* New wagering interest in Pool 3

SPECIAL NOTE: Brother Derek trainer Dan Hendrick's is the guest on the Wednesday, April 12 edition of bloodhorse.com's Talkin Horses. Click on link to Submit a Question to Dan.

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