Churchill Downs has set the dates for its trio of three-day betting pools for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager and a single pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be run May 5, and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will be contested May 4.
Dates for the pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, now in its 14th year, are:
Pool 1- Feb.10-12
Pool 2 - March 2-4
Pool 3 – March 30-April 1
Wagering on each of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools will open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday and close on Sunday at 6 p.m. They will feature both win and exacta wagering.
The single three-day pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, now in its ninth year, will run concurrent to Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Betting on the KOFW pool will open at noon on March 2, and is set to conclude on March 4, at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the conclusion of betting on the accompanying Kentucky Derby Future pool. The Kentucky Oaks Future Pool will also offer win and exacta wagering.
Both the KDFW and KOFW pools consist of 24 wagering interests that include 23 individual horses and a mutuel field, or “all others” interest. In the Kentucky Derby wager, the mutuel field is made up of all other 3-year-olds, including fillies. The mutuel field in the Kentucky Oaks bet consists of all other 3-year-old fillies.
Winning mutuel payouts on both wagers are determined by the odds that are in place at the conclusion of each respective betting pool.
All bets in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are $2 minimum wagers. No refund will be made on any wager placed during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future pools. If it is determined during an individual pool that any of the individual betting interests has suffered an illness, injury, or other circumstance that would prevent that horse from competing in either race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.
Wagering on the Derby and Oaks future wagers is available through dvance deposit wagering platforms and at racetracks and simulcast centers throughout North America.
Wagering interests for the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools will be announced on the Wednesday prior to the Friday start of each pool. Real-time odds and other information on the KDFW will be available at the official event website at www.KentuckyDerby.com, and information on the KOFW will be available at www.KentuckyOaks.com.