Roadster (#17) prevailed over fellow Bob Baffert trainee Game Winner (#8) on Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and fans helped him do so again in the fourth and final pool of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW).
The gray son of Quality Road opened at 15-1 on the morning line of Pool 4, which began April 5. He was bet down to 6-1 favoritism by the time wagering concluded at 6 p.m. on April 7.
Game Winner, honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old colt following a four-for-four juvenile campaign that included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs last November, saw his 8-1 morning-line price fall to 7-1 to become the third choice in Pool 4.
Beating that bay son of Quality Road in the KDFW was Maximum Security (#13), who upset the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 30 by 3 1/2, front-running lengths. The New Year’s Day colt, who is trained by Jason Servis, also opened at 8-1 in the final pool but and closed at 7-1, but had more wagered on him to win the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1) than Game Winner.
The Bill Mott-trained Tacitus (#20), winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) in his past two efforts, and Improbable (#10), another Baffert pupil who ran second while making his only start of the year thus far in the first division of the March 16 Rebel Stakes (G2), closed at 8-1 each. Tacitus had more money wagered on him and is the fourth favorite in Pool 4 of the KDFW.
The mutuel field, or “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (#24), betting interest closed at 19-1, up from 15-1 morning-line odds.
Total betting over the three days reached $500,407 compared to last year’s record of $543,010. Win betting was up from $339,036 in 2018 to $344,418 this year but exacta wagering slipped from a record $203,974 to $155,989.
All totaled, Churchill Downs handled $1,878,359 in future wagers since November, which just missed last year’s record of $1,893,353.
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KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER – POOL 4
|PROGRAM||HORSE NAME||ML ODDS||FINAL ODDS||PAYOUTS|
|4||By My Standards||12-1||32-1||$67.00|
|5||Code of Honor||12-1||20-1||$43.20|
|12||Long Range Toddy||15-1||23-1||$49.20|
|16||Plus Que Parfait||30-1||55-1||$112.20|
|22||War of Will||15-1||23-1||$48.80|
|23||Win Win Win||50-1||21-1||$44.40|
|24||All Other 3-Year-Olds||15-1||19-1||$40.00|