Field Slight Favorite Over Union Rags in KDFW
Date Posted: 3/3/2012 10:52:05 AM
Last Updated: 3/4/2012 9:40:52 PM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Union Rags   attracted strong support during first of three days of betting in the second pool of Churchill Downs’ 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but the mutuel field ended the day as a narrow favorite March 2.
 
The mutuel field betting interest includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed among the pool’s 24 wagering interests, and it was a narrow 2-1 favorite when Friday’s opening day of KDFW Pool 2 betting concluded late Friday evening. But the once-beaten Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz, remained the clear individual favorite at 3-1 and at the end of the day was the only other betting interest with single-digit odds.
 
Future Wager bettors will receive odds that are in place when Pool 2 wagering concludes on Sunday at 6 p.m. EST. The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is set for May 5 at Churchill Downs.
        
Kentucky Derby fans wagered $60,955 in the opening day of Pool 2 activity, with $46,113 in win bets and $14,842 in exacta wagers.  
 
While Union Rags was the clear fans’ choice, reigning 2-year-old champion Hansen gained solid support and ended the day as the pool’s third choice at odds of 12-1. Other 3-year-olds that received solid interest included Risen Star winner El Padrino   (16-1), Norfolk (gr. I) winner Creative Cause   (18-1), and Withers (gr. III) winner Alpha   (19-1). 

Bets in the KDFW, which offers win and exacta bets, are $2 minimum wagers, with $1 exacta boxes and wheels also available. 

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER  

# Wagering Interest Morning Line Odds Friday,
March 2
Saturday,
March 3
FINAL ODDS $2 Will Pay
1 Alpha 20-1 19-1      
2 Battle Hardened 50-1 68-1      
3 Bodemeister* 15-1 33-1      
4 Castaway* 20-1 41-1      
5 Creative Cause 20-1 18-1      
6 Dullahan 50-1 25-1      
7 El Padrino 12-1 16-1      
8 Empire Way 50-1 58-1      
9 Fed Biz 12-1 26-1      
10 Gemologist 20-1 23-1      
11 Hansen 15-1 12-1      
12 Ill Have Another 30-1 24-1      
13 Liaison 50-1 46-1      
14 Mark Valeski* 30-1 54-1      
15 Midnight Transfer 30-1 91-1      
16 News Pending* 30-1 99-1      
17 Out of Bounds 20-1 28-1      
18 Rousing Sermon 30-1 99-1      
19 Sabercat 30-1 39-1      
20 Scatman* 20-1 99-1      
21 Secret Circle* 15-1 27-1      
22 Take Charge Indy 30-1 48-1      
23 Union Rags 4-1 3-1      
24 All Other 3YOs 3-1 2-1      



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