Mutuel Field Favored in Derby Future Wager

Champion 2-year-old Lookin At Lucky   is the favored individual horse, but the mutuel field is the favored wagering interest in the opening pool of the 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager that began its three-day run on Friday, Feb. 12.

Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed ‘all others’, which consists of all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the pool’s 23 individual betting interests, as the 5-2 morning line favorite for KDFW Pool 1. The three-day pool opens at noon EST on Friday, Feb. 12 and wagering will continue at racetracks, satellite wagering outlets, and online through 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. 
Other individuals likely to attract solid Pool 1 support include Remsen (gr. II) winner Buddy's Saint, unbeaten San Rafael (gr. III) winner Conveyance, Holy Bull (gr. III) runner-up Jackson Bend, and unbeaten Delta Jackpot (gr. III) winner Rule. Those horses are all listed at 12-1. Next in line at 15-1 come Hopeful (gr. I) winner Dublin  , Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) third-place finisher Noble's Promise  , and Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Super Saver  . Members of that trio are listed as 15-1 risks.
The wager provides an opportunity for fans to wager weeks in advance on contenders for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), which will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1, and often at odds that are more attractive than those they would receive on the day of the event. Exacta wagering, a popular addition to the Kentucky Derby Future Wager betting menu in 2009, is back for all three pools in 2010. The Derby Future bet is a $2 minimum “win” wager. The minimum wager for a straight exacta, which requires the bettor to select the Kentucky Derby’s top two finishers in the exact order of finish, is $2, while the minimum for exacta boxes and wheels is $1.
The ‘all others’ interest has been the strong favorite in all opening pools during the Future Bet’s previous 11 previous years, and that interest has been a winning wager in Pool 1 five times. It happened again in 2009 when Mine That Bird, a 3-year-old that was not an individual betting interest in any of last year’s three KDFW pools, rolled home at odds of 50-1 in the Kentucky Derby. Other horses that were members of the mutuel field abd went on to win the “Run for the Roses” include Charismatic (1999), War Emblem (2002), Smarty Jones (2004), and Big Brown (2008).
The winning payouts in all KDFW wagering pools are determined by the odds in place at the conclusion of each respective pool. There are no scratches or refunds on any wagers made during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools. If it is determined during those pools that one of the individual horses has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that will prevent that horse from competing in either race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended at that point.
Real time odds and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be available online at www.kentuckyderby.com. Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for March 5-7, while the final pool is scheduled for March 26-29. 
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 (Feb. 12-14) Opening Odds

1. Aikenite (30-1)
2. American Lion (20-1)
3. Buddy’s Saint  (12-1)
4. Concord Point  (30-1)
5. Conveyance  (12-1)
6. Dave In Dixie  (20-1)
7. Drosselmeyer (20-1)
8. Dryfly (20-1)
9. Dublin (15-1)
10. Eskendereya  (20-1)
11. Jackson Bend (12-1)
12. Lookin At Lucky   (8-1)
13. Make Music For Me  (50-1)
14. Maximus Ruler  (50-1)
15. Noble’s Promise  (15-1)
16. Ron the Greek (30-1)
17. Rule (12-1)
18. Stay Put  (50-1)
19. Super Saver (15-1)
20. Tiz Chrome (20-1)
21. Uptowncharlybrown  (50-1)
22. Vale of York (30-1)
23. William’s Kitten (30-1)
24. All Other 3YOs (5-2)
 

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