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Verrazano installed as 7-2 favorite in final Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Unbeaten Verrazano (#20), impressive in three dominant victories since launching his racing career on New Year's Day, is a solid morning line choice to emerge as the overall betting favorite in this weekend's third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed Verrazano, the Todd Pletcher-trained winner of the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, as the 7-2 favorite in his morning line odds for KDFW Pool 3. Wagering in the three-day pool is set to open at noon (EDT) on Friday and conclude at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

While Verrazano was the favored individual in the first two KDFW pools of 2013, the overall bettors' choice in each was the Mutuel Field (#24), or "All Others," which includes all three-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on each pool's betting roster. Battaglia made "All Others" the 6-1 second choice in Pool 3.

Trailing Verrazano and "All Others" in Pool 3 odds is a third-choice trio at 10-1 that consists of Grade 3 Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday (#7), Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Orb (#12) and Grade 3 Gotham winner Vyjack (#21).

Flashback (#4), the Bob Baffert-trained winner of the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, is the 12-1 fourth choice, and is followed in the morning line by reigning two-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby (#18) at 15-1 and a group at 20-1 headed by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained duo of Will Take Charge (#23) and Oxbow (#14), the one-two finishers in last week's Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Also listed at 20-1 are Grade 2 San Felipe winner Hear the Ghost (#6), Grade 2 Remsen runner-up Normandy Invasion (#11) and Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club winner Uncaptured (#19).

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager offers racing fans an opportunity to bet on potential contenders for the famed "Run for the Roses" well in advance of the race at odds that could be significantly more attractive than those available in betting on Kentucky Derby Day.

Each Kentucky Derby Future pool offers $2-minimum win betting and exacta wagering, which is available in the form of $2 minimum straight exacta bets or $1-minimum exacta boxes and part-wheels. No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in the Derby Future Wager, but betting on an individual horse will be suspended immediately if Churchill Downs determines that an injury, illness or other circumstance revealed during the pool would prevent that horse from competing in the Kentucky Derby.

Fans wagered a total of $1,028,532 in win and exacta bets during Feb. 8-10 and March 1-3 KDFW pools.

Once again, many of the 23 individual horses in this Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool are in the care of a handful of trainers, including five each from the stables of Pletcher and Baffert, both Kentucky Derby-winning trainers. Verrazano and Shanghai Bobby head a Pletcher squad that also includes Palace Malice (#15), Revolutionary (#16) and Overanalyze (#13). Flashback is joined in Baffert's group by Code West (#1), Den's Legacy (#2), Shakin It Up (#17) and War Academy (#22).

Pool 3 features six horses that were not wagering interests in this year's second pool. The newcomers are Hear the Ghost, Java's War (#8), Mr Palmer (#9), Noble Tune (#10), War Academy and Will Take Charge.

Betting on the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager is offered by racetracks and off-track betting centers throughout North America. The bet also is available online at, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and other advance deposit wagering platforms. KDFW betting interests are chosen by a panel that includes Marketing Director Ed DeRosa, Mike Watchmaker and Brad Free of the Daily Racing Form, and Churchill Downs' John Asher.

Information on the Kentucky Derby is available online at the official event Web site at and KDFW real-time odds will be presented on that web site throughout Pool 3.


1.   Code West   30-1              
2.   Den's Legacy   50-1              
3.   Falling Sky   50-1              
4.   Flashback   12-1              
5.   Goldencents   30-1              
6.   Hear the Ghost*   20-1              
7.   Itsmyluckyday   10-1              
8.   Java's War*   30-1              
9.   Mr Palmer*   50-1              
10.   Noble Tune*   30-1              
11.   Normandy Invasion   20-1              
12.   Orb   10-1              
13.   Overanalyze   30-1              
14.   Oxbow   20-1              
15.   Palace Malice   50-1              
16.   Revolutionary   15-1              
17.   Shakin It Up   30-1              
18.   Shanghai Bobby   15-1              
19.   Uncaptured   20-1              
20.   Verrazano   7-2              
21.   Vyjack (g)   10-1              
22.   War Academy*   30-1              
23.   Will Take Charge*   20-1              
24.   All Other Three-Year-Olds   6-1              
(g) -- gelding ... (*) new wagering interest in Pool 3
Morning Line odds by Mike Battaglia



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