Union Rags

Union Rags

Anne M. Eberhardt

KDFW Support Still Strong for Union Rags

After the second day, mutuel field favored at 6-5; Champagne winner next at 7-1.

Bettors continued their strong support for both the “All Others” option and Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags  at the close of wagering Feb. 11. Betting at racetracks and online pushed well past the $300,000 mark with one day remaining in the opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Total betting after two days of the first of three 2012 KDFW pools stood at $331,059 late Saturday evening, which included $102,492 in support of the mutuel field wagering option that includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses on the pool’s roster of wagering interests. That made “All Others” (#24) the 6-5 choice after two days of betting in 2012’s opening pool. The mutuel field, the Pool 1 bettors’ choice every year since the Derby Future bet was introduced in 1999, was the odds-on 3-5 favorite after Friday’s opening round of betting.

The two-day betting total included $273,517 in win wagering and exacta betting that totaled $57,542.
Union Rags (#23), runner-up to Hansen (#12) in Eclipse Award balloting for best 2-year-old colt of 2011, closed Saturday’s betting at 7-1 to remain the clear individual choice to win the Kentucky Derby Presentd by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5 at Churchill Downs. Trailing Union Rags were two of four Pool 1 horses trained by Todd Pletcher: Algorithms  (#1) at 13-1 and El Padrino  (#7) at 16-1. Alpha  (#2) and Creative Cause  (#4) were next at 17-1 and 19-1, respectively. Hansen and unbeaten Gemologist  (#11), another Pletcher trainee, each stood at 25-1.

Betting on the final day of KDFW Pool 1 at racetracks and off-track betting centers, along with TwinSpires.com and other online outlets, opens at noon Feb. 12 (all times Eastern). The pool will close at 6 p.m.

All bets in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are $2 minimum wagers, and there are no refunds on any wager placed during a Derby Future pool.  If it is determined during any of the three 2012 Derby Future pools that an individual betting interest has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent that horse from competing in the Kentucky Derby, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.

Real-time odds and other information on Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 are available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com.