Interest Continues to Soar in Kentucky Derby Future Wager
The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is May 5 at Churchill Downs. But wagering on the Run for the Roses is in full swing. The second of Churchill Downs’ four 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools closed Feb. 11 following three days of wagering, and the total handle for Pool 2 was $521,649, a 58 percent increase from the corresponding pool in 2017 ($330,042). Win handle was $363,388 and exacta handle was $158,261. Last year, Pool 2 was held on the final weekend of January before the Super Bowl, and wagering was down 25 percent from 2016.
Churchill Downs began offering parimutuel futures in 1999, and it 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.
The KDFW pool consists of 23 individual horses and its 24th wagering interest is the Mutuel Field, popularly known as “All Others. The record for 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. In the case of field horses filling both exacta slots, the next-best finish by a separately listed horse will count toward the winning combination
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 – Final Odds and Gross Win Pool Wagering
There were seven new names for Pool 2, and Audible (9-1) drew the most betting interest of those new entries, which included Catholic Boy (16-1), Combatant (72-1), Instilled Regard (18-1), Mourinho (31-1), Retirement Fund (67-1) and Strike Power (40-1).
Good Magic (8-1) and Bolt d’ Oro (8-1) each took in more than $33,000 in win wagers as the co-favorites of the 23 single entries. Next was McKinzie (9-1). The favorite in Pool 2 is the mutual field (All Others), which is 5-2 and includes a number of horses that were listed in Pool 1 – Dak Attack, Engage, Givemeaminit, Gotta Go, Lone Sailor, Quip and Talent Scout.
All wagering was suspended on Montauk (No. 15) just prior to the opening of Pool 2 when the colt’s connections informed track officials that he has been declared from Derby consideration.
The KDFW is available at Churchill Downs and other racetracks and satellite wagering centers across North America and will be offered online by TwinSpires.com.
Pool 3 is set for March 9-11 and Pool 4 for April 6-8. The lone Kentucky Oaks futures pool will coincide with Pool 3.