Unbeatens Barbaro (left) and Strong Contender holding ground in future pool.

Unbeatens Barbaro (left) and Strong Contender holding ground in future pool.


Derby Wager Action Picks Up on Barbaro, 'Contender

(from Churchill Downs)
The mutuel field remained the favored betting interest at the midway point of Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but unbeatens Barbaro and Strong Contender gained solid support as well Friday.

The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 22 individual horses in the second of three 2006 KDFW pools, stood as the 7-2 favorite when the second of four days of wagering in pool drew to a close Friday evening.

Darley Stable notified Churchill Downs that Barbican, who was wagering interest number three in Pool 2, had suffered a fracture in his right hind leg that would force him to miss the $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 6. Wagering on Barbican was suspended prior to the start of Friday's Pool 2 betting, leaving 23 interests.

Two unbeaten 3-year-olds – John C. Oxley's Strong Contender and Lael Stables' Holy Bull (gr. III) winner Barbaro – attracted strong support during Friday's betting. Strong Contender, an impressive allowance winner at Gulfstream Park in his most recent start, and Barbaro, who will run next in the Florida Derby (gr. I), each dropped from 16-1 to 11-1 during Friday's wagering. Lawyer Ron, winner of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, also ended the day at 11-1.

A total of $70,467 was wagered during the first two days of Pool 2. Betting in the pool resumes at noon (all times Eastern) Saturday and the pool is set to close at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Other individual horses that attracted support during the pool's first two days included Bluegrass Cat (12-1), Brother Derek (15-1), First Samurai (15-1), and Achilles of Troy (16-1). The pool's odds could be shaken up on Saturday as several significant Kentucky Derby preps will be run. Brother Derek is favored to win Saturday's Santa Catalina (gr. II) at Santa Anita and First Samurai is the morning line choice in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

Entry # Horse, Odds, $ Wagered
1. Achilles of Troy, 16/1, 3,466
2. Barbaro, 11/1, 4,845
3. Barbican, SCR, 803
4. Bluegrass Cat, 12/1, 4,468
5. Bob and John, 22/1, 2,545
6. Brother Derek, 15/1, 3,694
7. #Cause to Believe, 29/1, 1,956
8. *Corinthian, 35/1, 1,632
9. First Samurai, 15/1, 3,626
10. Flashy Bull, 56/1, $1,031
11. *Great Point, 21/1, 2,607
12. Itsallboutthechase, 79/1, 736
13. Keyed Entry, 21/1, 2,665
14. *Latent Heat, 47/1, 1,233
15. Lawyer Ron, 11/1, 4,819
16. *My Golden Song, 88/1, 664
17. *Noonmark, 99/1, 531
18. Point Determined, 26/1, 2,165
19. Private Vow, 17/1, 3,115
20. *Really Indian, 35/1, 1,636
21. *Steppenwolfer, 20/1, 2,729
22. *Strong Contender, 11/1, 4,866
23. *Sweetnorthernsaint, 34/1, 1,681
24. All Other 3YO's, 7/2, 12,954
Total: $70,467
(*) New Wagering Interest in Pool 2
(#) Not Nominated To The Triple Crown