April 15, 2024

Forte favored in KDFW Pool 5; Wet Paint takes top spot in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager

Forte shown winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

An impressive victory in the Fountain of Youth (G2) propelled Forte to overall favoritism in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5, which closed on Sunday after three days of betting.

Last year’s champion two-year-old male received ample support in the first four pools, but his flashy comeback triumph in the March 4 Fountain of Youth elevate support to a higher level. Forte dominated the wagering in Pool 5, settling at 3-1.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher conditions Forte and also Pool 5 second choice Tapit Trice (8-1), who rallied to an eye-catching victory in Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby (G3) while Pool 5 was open for betting. Drifting to third choice was “All Other Three-Year-Olds,” a catch-all option that (in one form or another) closed as the favorite in the first four pools.

The remaining betting interests in Pool 5 options included Practical Move (12-1), Instant Coffee (19-1), Reincarnate (24-1), Red Route One (24-1), Hit Show (28-1), Geaux Rocket Ride (30-1), Confidence Game (30-1), Verifying (36-1), Angel of Empire (38-1), Rocket Can (42-1), Kingsbarn (43-1), Skinner (45-1), National Treasure (53-1), Hejazi (53-1), Perriere (59-1), Disarm (60-1), General Jim (65-1), Blazing Sevens (66-1), Litigate (66-1), Raise Cain (66-1), Cairo (75-1), Mage (75-1), Victory Formation (82-1), Classic Car Wash (85-1), Sun Thunder (85-1), Two Phil’s (88-1), Cyclone Mischief (89-1), Tapit’s Conquest (90-1), Congruent (94-1), Mandarin Hero (116-1), Major Dude (141-1), Arabian Lion (179-1), Classic Catch (179-1), Cagliostro (189-1), Denington (241-1), and Two Eagles River (270-1).

Wagering on Arabian Knight was suspended after his connections announced on Saturday that the impressive Southwest (G3) winner is no longer under consideration for a Kentucky Derby start.

HorseFinal OddsMorning-Line Odds
#1 Angel of Empire38-130-1
#2 Arabian KnightSCR10-1
#3 Arabian Lion179-150-1
#4 Blazing Sevens66-140-1
#5 Cagliostro189-199-1
#6 Cairo75-150-1
#7 Classic Car Wash85-199-1
#8 Classic Catch179-150-1
#9 Confidence Game30-130-1
#10 Congruent94-180-1
#11 Cyclone Mischief89-140-1
#12 Denington241-180-1
#13 Disarm60-199-1
#14 Forte3-14-1
#15 Geaux Rocket Ride30-120-1
#16 General Jim65-180-1
#17 Hejazi53-140-1
#18 Hit Show28-130-1
#19 Instant Coffee19-120-1
#20 Kingsbarns43-150-1
#21 Litigate66-150-1
#22 Mage75-180-1
#23 Major Dude141-150-1
#24 Mandarin Hero116-150-1
#25 National Treasure53-130-1
#26 Perriere59-150-1
#27 Practical Move12-18-1
#28 Raise Cain66-150-1
#29 Red Route One24-140-1
#30 Reincarnate24-130-1
#31 Rocket Can42-140-1
#32 Skinner45-140-1
#33 Sun Thunder85-199-1
#34 Tapit Trice8-115-1
#35 Tapit’s Conquest90-135-1
#36 Two Eagles River270-180-1
#37 Two Phil’s88-180-1
#38 Verifying36-150-1
#39 Victory Formation82-180-1
#40 All Other 3yos10-15-1

Also on Sunday, the lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool closed after three days of betting. From a seemingly wide-open list of wagering options, Wet Paint emerged as the 4-1 favorite off victories in the Martha Washington S. and Honeybee (G3) to kick off 2023.

Last year’s champion two-year-old filly Wonder Wheel settled at 6-1 after faltering to second place in the Suncoast S. to start the season. That was a tick lower than the 7-1 offered by Hoosier Philly, winner of the Rags to Riches S. and Golden Rod (G2) in 2022, but a distant third in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) to start 2023.

Rounding out the betting options were Punchbowl (11-1), Julia Shining (14-1), All Other Three-Year-Old Fillies (14-1), Pretty Mischievous (15-1), Guns n’ Graces (20-1), Munnys Gold (24-1), Dorth Vader (26-1), Botanical (31-1), The Alys Look (36-1), Occult (36-1), Mimi Kakushi (39-1), Shidabhuti (40-1), Red Carpet Ready (46-1), Dreaming of Snow (48-1), Miracle (55-1), And Tell Me Nolies (61-1), Gambling Girl (66-1), Clearly Unhinged (67-1), Justique (69-1), Affirmative Lady (76-1), Chop Chop (89-1), Atomically (94-1), Grand Love (105-1), Asset Purchase (106-1), Ami Please (113-1), Capella (121-1), Seduction (125-1), Flashy Gem (129-1), She’s Lookin Lucky (132-1), Southlawn (147-1), Flying Connection (150-1), Blessed Touch (159-1), Interpolate (163-1), Condensation (164-1), Royal Spa (224-1), Merlazza (229-1), and Homecoming Queen (298-1).

HorseFinal OddsMorning-Line Odds
#1 Affirmative Lady76-199-1
#2 Ami Please113-199-1
#3 And Tell Me Nolies61-140-1
#4 Asset Purchase106-130-1
#5 Atomically94-150-1
#6 Blessed Touch159-150-1
#7 Botanical31-120-1
#8 Capella121-140-1
#9 Chop Chop89-140-1
#10 Clearly Unhinged67-140-1
#11 Condensation164-140-1
#12 Dorth Vader26-120-1
#13 Dreaming of Snow48-130-1
#14 Flashy Gem129-140-1
#15 Flying Connection150-150-1
#16 Gambling Girl66-150-1
#17 Grand Love105-150-1
#18 Guns n’ Graces20-140-1
#19 Homecoming Queen298-199-1
#20 Hoosier Philly7-115-1
#21 Interpolate163-130-1
#22 Julia Shining14-112-1
#23 Justique69-140-1
#24 Merlazza229-199-1
#25 Mimi Kakushi39-180-1
#26 Miracle55-120-1
#27 Munnys Gold24-130-1
#28 Occult36-120-1
#29 Pretty Mischievous15-110-1
#30 Punchbowl11-120-1
#31 Red Carpet Ready46-115-1
#32 Royal Spa224-150-1
#33 Seduction125-150-1
#34 She’s Lookin Lucky132-150-1
#35 Shidabhuti40-115-1
#36 Southlawn147-120-1
#37 The Alys Look36-115-1
#38 Wet Paint4-112-1
#39 Wonder Wheel6-18-1
#40 All Other 3yo Fillies14-115-1

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager series wraps up with Pool 6 on March 30-April 1. It’s all building toward an action-packed first week of May at Churchill Downs, with the Kentucky Oaks (G1) slated for May 5 and the Kentucky Derby (G1) taking place on May 6.