(from Churchill Downs release)
The mutuel field, or "all others" has been the favored wagering interest in every opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager since its introduction in 1999, and bettors showed little inclination to change that pattern on the first day of the 2009 action.
The “all others” betting interest, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the KDFW Pool 1 wagering roster, was a strong 4-5 favorite when the wagering concluded for the first day of the four-day opening pool Feb. 12. Total betting on the first day of the pool, which concludes Feb. 15, was $48,207, which reflected a solid increase over 2008’s opening day betting of $30,351.
The mutuel field was a heavy favorite virtually from the instant the betting windows opened at noon for KDFW Pool 1 as $6,000 in early wagers on “all others” poured in and knocked odds on the wagering interest down to 1-9. By the end of the day $22,393 of the pool’s opening day total betting had been wagered on “all others.”
Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned, the Larry Jones-trained winner of the Remsen (gr. II), ended first-day Pool 1 betting as the favored individual horse at 12-1. Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) winner Pioneerof the Nile was next at 15-1, while San Rafael (gr. II) winner The Pamplemousse stood at 18-1. Stardom Bound, the 2-year-old filly champion of 2008 and the lone female on the Pool 1 roster, was a 19-1 risk.
Vineyard Haven, 12-1 in the morning line odds, rose to 43-1 after a distant fourth-place finish to stablemates Desert Party and Regal Ransom, both members of the mutuel field, in Thursday’s UAE 2000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai.
Betting on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is scheduled to resume at noon on Feb. 13. Wagering on the four-day pool will conclude at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Winning payouts in KDFW Pool 1 will be based that are in place at the conclusion of betting on Sunday.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager is a minimum $2 wager and a win bet only. Real time odds and other information on the KDFW are available on the official Kentucky Derby event Web site at www.kentuckyderby.com.