'All Others' bet remains favorite at close of KDFW Pool 2
A busy final day in the second of three betting pools in Churchill Downs' 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KOFW) ended with the "All Others" (#24) betting interest narrowly edging individual choice Union Rags (#23) to emerge as the pool's betting favorite and pushed total wagering for the year's first two Derby pools past the $1 million mark.
Along with the strong fan support for Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Union Rags as the horse most likely to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, there was substantial backing during the final hours of the pool for reigning two-year-old champion Hansen, who rebounded from an upset loss in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes to notch an impressive victory on Saturday in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
The mutuel field, which is made up of all three-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses in each KDFW Pool and known to many fans simply as the "All Others" bet, was a narrow 3-1 choice when Pool 2 wagering closed on Sunday at 6 p.m. (EST). Union Rags, the Michael Matz-trained son of Dixie Union, was close behind at 4-1. Hansen, the eye-catching gray Tapit colt trained by Mike Maker, was the 9-1 third choice and the only other individual horse among the pool's 24 betting interests in single-digit odds at the conclusion of betting.
Kentucky Derby fans wagered $411,368 in $2 win and exacta bets during the second Kentucky Derby Futures pool, which has been the smallest of the three betting pools every year since the bet was introduced in 1999, and that total pushed total Derby Future betting in 2012 to $1,042,672. The betting figure in the just-completed pool was the third-largest Pool 2 total in the 14-year history of the bet and it marked just the fourth time the pool's wagering had $400,000. The 2012 pool attracted win betting of $299,574 and $111,794 in exacta wagering.
All bets in the KDFW are $2 minimum wagers, and there are no refunds on any wager placed during a Derby Future pool. If it is determined during any of the three 2012 Derby Future pools that an individual betting interest has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent that horse from competing in the Kentucky Derby, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.
The final KDFW pool of 2012 is scheduled for March 30-April 1. Information on the KDFW is available at www.KentuckyDerby.com.
2012 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER
*new wagering interest in KDFW Pool 2
Win Wagering - $299,574 Exacta Wagering - $111,794
Total Wagering - $411,368
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