(Edited press release)
The traditional status of the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favorite in the opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager seems secure for another year, but unbeaten Old Fashioned has strengthened his position as the leading individual contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with one day of wagering remaining in the first of three 2009 Derby Future pools.
The mutuel field, the wagering interest which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the pool’s 23 individual horses, was the strong 8-5 favorite when betting on the third day of the four-day pool concluded the evening of Feb. 14 evening at 10 p.m. (all times Eastern). But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned remained a solid second choice and the favored individual horse as the Larry Jones trainee ended the day at odds of 6-1.
The “all others” betting interest has been the favorite in every opening pool since the Kentucky Derby Future Wager was introduced in 1999. Eventual 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown was included in the mutuel field in last year’s opening pool. Other Pool 1 mutuel field horses that went on to win the Run for the Roses include Charismatic (1999), War Emblem (2002), and Smarty Jones (2004).
Total betting in the Feb. 12-15 pool soared to $250,790 with the Feb. 14 wagering. Betting on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is scheduled to resume at noon Feb. 15. Wagering on the four-day pool will conclude at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Winning payouts in KDFW Pool 1 will be based bets in place when wagering closes at the end of the day.
Other horses that have attracted strong fan support heading into Pool 1’s final day include Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) winner Pioneerof the Nile (13-1), 2008 2-year-old champion Midshipman (17-1), Risen Star (gr. II) winner Friesan Fire (18-1), and unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound (22-1).