A dominating victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) has made Eskendereya the co-morning line favorite with champion Lookin At Lucky among individual wagering interests for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. However, the mutuel field, or “all others,” will be favored again when the three-day pool opens its March 5-7 run.
The “all others” wagering interest—which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in each KDFW Pool—was a strong 3-2 favorite at the conclusion of Feb. 12-14 opening pool of the Derby Future bet. The mutuel field was installed as the 7-2 favorite in the morning line odds for Pool 2, while Eskendereya and Lookin At Lucky are the co-second choices at 6-1.
Eskendereya closed at 22-1 in Pool 1, but his status rose sharply following an 8 1/2-length victory in the Feb. 20 Fountain of Youth. The Bob Baffert-trained Lookin At Lucky, the 8-1 favored individual in Pool 1, is scheduled to make his 2010 debut in the March 13 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Betting on Pool 2 is set to open at noon EST March 5 for wagering at racetracks and satellite wagering centers, along with TwinSpires.com and other on-line wagering platforms. Wagering will conclude at 6 p.m. March 7.
Eskendereya is one of six Pool 2 horses trained by Todd Pletcher. Other Pletcher trainees are Aikenite (50-1), El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Connemara (20-1), Risen Star (gr. III) winner Discreetly Mine, multiple graded stakes winner Rule, and Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Super Saver.
There are 10 new betting interests in Pool 2 that include Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) winner Caracortado, Connemara, Hutcheson (gr. II) winner D’Funnybone, Discreetly Mine, Nextdoorneighbor, Odysseus, Radiohead, Setsuko, Sidney’s Candy, and Risen Star runner-up Tempted to Tapit.
Information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and real time odds are available online at www.kentuckyderby.com.