Pyro Edges War Pass in Derby Wager Pool

Pyro Edges War Pass in Derby Wager Pool
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Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Pyro was the 4-1 favorite at the March 9 close of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2.
(edited press release)
Despite three losses to reigning 2-year-old champion War Pass, Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Pyro is the 4-1 favorite as Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed March 9.

An impressive victory by Pyro, a son of Pulpit, in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds March 8 came on the heels of a win in the Risen Star (gr. III) over the track. The victories made the Steve Asmussen-trained colt the favorite among the pool’s 24 betting interests.

Robert LaPenta’s undefeated War Pass, winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was the 9-2 second choice when Pool 2 wagering concluded. The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 2, was the third choice at 6-1.

Bettors wagered $325,306 during the pool that opened March 6, and $54,450 of that total was wagered on Pyro. Winning payouts are based on the odds in place at the end of the pool’s wagering. The last of Churchill Downs’ three 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools is set for April 3-6. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is May 3.

The biggest move in odds during the pool’s four-day run was reflected in support for Team Valor and Vision Racing LLC’s Visionaire. His odds stood at 96-1 after Friday’s wagering, but tumbled quickly after the Michael Matz-trained Grand Slam colt rallied to win Saturday’s Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Visionaire stood at 36-1 after betting March 8 and was only a 19-1 shot at the end.

Other horses that enjoyed strong support included Denis of Cork (12-1), El Gato Malo (15-1), Court Vision (16-1), Colonel John (17-1) and Elysium Fields (17-1).

For more information on the Kentucky Derby and the final odds for Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, see the official event Web site at

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