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Algorithms Individual Favorite for KDFW

The mutuel field is the overall top pick as the 9-5 morning-line choice.

The first of three pools of Churchill Downs’ 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager will begin Feb. 10.

The mutuel field or “all others” was installed as the 9-5 morning line choice for KDFW Pool 1, but the favored individual horse among the 24 wagering interests in the pool is Starlight Racing's unbeaten Algorithms , who was pegged at odds of 8-1. Algorithms rolled to an emphatic five-length victory over previously unbeaten 2-year-old champion Hansen in the Holy Bull (gr. III) last month at Gulfstream Park.
Not far behind Algorithms is Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags  at 10-1, winner of the Champagne (gr. I) as a 2-year-old. Dr. Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing's Hansen, who won the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) over Union Rags, is next at 12-1.
The KDFW offers fans the opportunity to bet on candidates for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Fans will receive the odds on their respective horse or horses that are placed at the conclusion of wagering in each 2012 pool.
Wagering on Pool 1 is scheduled to open Feb. 10 at noon EST and will conclude Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The remaining pools are scheduled for March 2-4 and March 30-April 1. All KDFW pools feature both win and exacta wagering. This year's Derby is May 5.
The pools include 24 betting interests that consist of 23 individual horses and the mutuel field. The latter includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses.
Algorithms is one of four KDFW Pool 1 horses trained by Todd Pletcher, who saddled Super Saver  to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Other Pletcher trainees include unbeaten Discreet Dancer (15-1), unbeaten Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Gemologist  (20-1), and recent Gulfstream Park allowance winner El Padrino  (20-1).
Three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert trains a pair of Pool 1 horses in Liaison  (20-1) and Fed Biz  (20-1). Others with a pair of Pool 1 trainees include trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Rousing Sermon (30-1) and Longview Drive (50-1), and Mike Harrington, who trains Norfolk (gr. I) winner Creative Cause  (20-1) and Empire Way (50-1).
Real-time odds and other information on the KDFW will be available at the official event Web site at
Here's the complete field:
1. Algorithms (8-1)
2. Alpha (20-1)
3. Battle Hardened (30-1)
4. Creative Cause (20-1)
5. Discreet Dancer (15-1)
6. Dullahan (15-1)
7. El Padrino (20-1)
8. Empire Way (50-1)
9. Ever So Lucky (20-1)
10. Fed Biz (20-1)
11. Gemologist (20-1)
12. Hansen (12-1)
13. I'll Have Another (20-1)
14. Junebugred (50-1)
15. Liaison (20-1)
16. Longview Drive (50-1)
17. Midnight Transfer (50-1)
18. Mr. Bowling (50-1)
19. Out of Bounds (20-1)
20. Rousing Sermon (30-1)
21. Sabercat (30-1)
22. Take Charge Indy (30-1)
23. Union Rags (10-1)
24. Mutuel field (9-5)