Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Closes with Justify the Favorite
Bolt d’ Oro was the early 2018 Kentucky Derby favorite in Pool 1 last November despite finishing 3rd as the 3-5 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar November 4. But four and a half months later, Bolt d’ Oro has relinquished the favorite role to Justify, who beat Bolt d’ Oro in the Santa Anita Derby April 7.
Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed April 8 and Justify took nearly 20% of the wagering action in the 23-horse pool plus a field entry. Justify close at 3-1 odds followed by Mendelssohn (5-1), Audible (7-1), Magnum Moon (8-1), Good Magic (9-1) and Bolt d’ Oro (9-1). Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso was 50-1 in pool 3 but not offered in pool 4, and Justify closed at 6-1 in pool 3 after opening at 15-1 (March 9-11) behind the favorite Bolt d’ Oro (6-1).
A total of $339,036 was wagered in pool 4 of the KDFW, and adding in the merged exacta pool total of $103,973, pool 4 had $543,009 wagered in total. In pool 3 wagering, there was $277,469 plus $117,293 in the exacta pool for a total of $394,762.
The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is May 5 at Churchill Downs. The interest in the Derby continues to grow with a talented and very competitive field coming together. Wagering in the Kentucky Derby Future Pool began in 1999, and Churchill Downs expanded from three pools to four in advance of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Fans of Thoroughbred racing are able to place bets on possible entrants in the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be far greater and more attractive than those available on the day of the race.
However, with six horses featuring single-digit odds in pool 4, it will be difficult to get much better odds on race day in a most competitive 2018 Kentucky Derby.
The KDFW pool consists of 23 individual horses and its 24th wagering interest is the Mutuel Field, popularly known as ‘All Others”. The record handle in a single pool is $631,304 set in 2012, while the record for aggregate handle in a single year is $1,665,990 in 2005.
The KDFW is available at Churchill Downs and other racetracks and satellite wagering centers across North America, and is offered online by TwinSpires.com.
The record of horses in the Derby without a race at age 2 since 1937 is 0-3-5 in 61 races. The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year-old was Apollo in 1882. Justify did not race as a 2-year-old and is 3-for-3 this year. The most recent horse to finish 2nd as an un-raced 2-year-old was Bodemeister (2012), while Battle of Midway (2017) and the great Curlin (2007) both finished 3rd as unraced 2-year-olds.