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,
|FINAL ODDS||$2 Will Pay|
|12||I’ll Have Another||30-1||24-1|
|17||Out of Bounds||20-1||28-1|
|22||Take Charge Indy||30-1||48-1|
|24||All Other 3YO’s||3-1||2-1|