Siphonic Favored as Derby Future Wager Closes

Though the Kentucky Derby future wager closed before Sunday's San Felipe was run, that race's likely favorite, Siphonic, was the favorite when pool two of the wager closed Sunday afternoon.

Siphonic narrowly edged Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Harlan' Holiday with both listed at a closing price of 6-1. There was slightly more money wagered on Siphonic ($46,936) than Harlan's Holiday ($43,162), who began the day as the 6-1 favorite. Siphonic was 8-1 at the beginning of Sunday's wagering, just behind Johannesburg and slightly ahead of the mutuel field.

At Sunday's close, the field and Johannesburg were the co-third choice, with both at 7-1, though more money was waged on the field.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. (EST) – just before the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) were run – Gotham winner Mayakovsky was listed at 30-1, with runner-up Saarland at 12-1, and Tampa Bay Derby third wagering choice Showmeitall at 99-1. Following their respective races, in which Showmeitall finished last, those three closed at 21-1, 10-1, and 99-1, respectively.

Pool two generated $401,070 in total handle, with the bulk of that money ($207,396) wagered Sunday. The handle marks a new record for pool two, which traditionally attracts the lowest handle of the three pools offered. The previous high for pool two ($372,961) came last year. The wager was offered in 34 states this year, with California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington participating for the first time.

(Final Odds, Churchill Downs)