Mutuel field nips Verrazano as 5-1 favorite in final KDFW pool
It was a close race leading up to the final day of Pool 3, but the mutuel field completed the hat trick by edging out Verrazano (#20) to become the favorite in all three pools of Churchill Downs' 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).
The "All Others" (#24) interest closed at 5-1 as compared to Verrazano's final odds of 7-1. The mutuel was the heavy 8-5 favorite in Pool 1 and drifted up to 3-1 by close of Pool 2.
Trainer Todd Pletcher's unbeaten Verrazano , the favored individual horse in the first two pools, became the fans' overall second choice in the year's final Derby Future Pool at 7-1. The bay son of More Than Ready was the 6-1 favorite among 24 betting interests heading into Sunday's final day of betting in the third Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool of 2013.
Friday's opening day of the Derby Future Pool 3 had ended with Verrazano as the favorite, but the colt -- one of five Pool 3 betting interests trained by Pletcher -- was in a virtual deadlock with the mutuel field, which includes all three-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in the pool. Each stood at odds of 5-1, but Verrazano held a razor-thin edge in total betting.
Wagering in Pool 3 totaled $402,167 by the time it closed at 6 p.m. (EDT). Of that total, $266,073 had been wagered to win along with $136,094 in exacta bets. For the $2 exacta will pays of KDFW Pool 3, please click here.
Besides the field and Verrazano, there were no other betting interest listed in the single digits. Unbeaten Vyjack (#21), who has scored in the Grade 2 Jerome and Grade 3 Gotham thus far this season, and Grade 3 Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday (#7) both closed at 10-1, while Grade 3 Withers victor Revolutionary (#16) followed at 12-1.
Grade 2 Fountain of Youth hero Orb (#12) saw his odds climb slightly to 13-1 after entering Sunday at 12-1. Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis winner Flashback (#4) was 15-1 by the time Pool 3 closed, as was Hear the Ghost (#6), who handed the gray colt his first loss when taking the Grade 2 San Felipe earlier this month.
Reigning two-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby (#18) was an 18-1 shot along with Grade 2-placed Normandy Invasion (#11), who just missed by 1 1/2 lengths when making his seasonal bow in the Grade 2 Risen Star, and Pool 3 newcomer War Academy (#22).
War Academy and Flashback are two of five Pool 3 horses trained by Bob Baffert.
The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Will Take Charge (#23), another new wagering interest after triumphing in last week's Grade 2 Rebel at Oaklawn Park, remained steady throughout the three days of wagering at 19-1.
The KDFW 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 KDFW, 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.
Betting on the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager is offered by racetracks and off-track betting centers throughout North America. The bet is also available online at TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and other advance deposit wagering platforms.
Information on the Kentucky Derby is available online at the official event Web site at KentuckyDerby.com. The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 4 at Churchill Downs.
KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 3
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