Harlan's Holiday, Repent Favored In Final Pool of 2002 Derby Future Wager

The third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins its four-day run on April 4 with a pair of horses trained by Churchill Downs-based Ken McPeek -- Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Harlan's Holiday and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Repent -- listed as its top two betting choices.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed Harlan's Holiday as the 6-1 favorite and Repent the 8-1 second choice on the list of 24 wagering interests for Pool 3, which opens at noon (EST) on April 4 and closes at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) on April 7.

Other Kentucky Derby contenders that figure to earn solid backing among the pool's 24 wagering interests include a quartet of 10-1 shots: likely Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) favorite Came Home, unbeaten 2-year-old champion Johannesburg, San Felipe (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro, and Remsen (gr. II) winner Saarland. The mutuel field, which includes all 3-year-olds other than the individual horses listed in Pool 3, stands at 12-1.

"The picture for Kentucky Derby 128 remains as cloudy and wide open as any in memory and I think the betting in Pool 3 will reflect that," said Battaglia. "One thing the morning line odds does reflect is trainer Ken McPeek holds a strong hand in a year in which no single horse has emerged as a clear favorite."

The third pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager allows fans to bet on contenders for the Kentucky Derby four weeks in advance of the race at odds that may be more attractive than those they would receive on Derby Day. The Kentucky Derby Future Wager is a $2 minimum wager and is a win bet only.

There are seven new wagering interests in Pool 3. They are: Azillion, Buddha, Castle Gandolfo, Equality, Medaglia d'Oro, Mr. Mellon, and Private Emblem. Deletions from Pool 2 include: High Star, Nokoma, Saratoga Blues, Showmeitall, Siphonic, Tempera, and Yougottawanna.

More information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, including real time odds, is available at www.kentuckyderby.com.

Pool Three of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
# Name Morning Line
1 Azillion 20-1
2 Blue Burner 15-1
3 Booklet 30-1
4 Buddah 15-1
5 Came Home 10-1
6 Castle Gandolfo 30-1
7 Danthebluegrassman 50-1
8 Easyfromthegitgo 30-1
9 Easy Grades 50-1
10 Equality 20-1
11 Essence of Dubai 15-1
12 Harlan's Holiday 6-1
13 Johannesburg 10-1
14 Mayakovsky 20-1
15 Medaglia d'Oro 10-1
16 Mr. Mellon 50-1
17 Perfect Drift 15-1
18 Private Emblem 30-1
19 Repent 8-1
20 Request for Parole 30-1
21 Saarland 10-1
22 Sunday Break 20-1
23 U S S Tinosa 20-1
24 Mutuel Field (All Other 3-Year-Olds) 12-1