The Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained son of Boundary, who was not among the individual betting interests in either of the year’s first two pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, was the 3-1 favorite following the second day of betting in the four-day third pool. Big Brown remained a narrow choice over Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Pyro, the winner of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and the pool’s second choice at 9-2. Pyro closed as the 4-1 favorite in Pool 2 of the Derby Future bet.
The 134th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)will be run May 3 at Churchill Downs.
A total of $40,020 wagered on April 4 raised the pool’s two-day total to $66,752. Betting on the four-day pool is scheduled to resume April 5 at noon (all times EDT). The pool will close at 6 p.m. April 6. Winning payouts will be based on the odds in place at the conclusion of wagering.
There is continued solid support for Robert LaPenta’s War Pass, the champion 2-year-old in 2007 who suffered his first career defeat in a disappointing last-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 15. War Pass, who will attempt to restore his tarnished image in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, was the 8-1 third choice in Pool 3. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 3, was the fourth choice at 11-1.
The Wood Memorial is one of three major stakes races scheduled for April 5 that could shake up the odds for Pool 3 of the KDFW. Also on the schedule are the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), which is headed by Colonel John (17-1) and El Gato Malo (15-1), and the $500,000-added Illinois Derby (gr. II), in which Denis of Cork (17-1) is the likely favorite.
Real time odds on Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby Web site at www.kentuckyderby.com.