Before Forte shrugged off a problematic trip to prevail in the Florida Derby (G1), bettors had already declared their faith in the champion by backing him into 5-2 favoritism in Pool 6 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). The final pool ahead of the May 6 Run for the Roses was conducted from Thursday through Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET), closing prior to the major domestic preps.
If Forte was a case of job done, albeit with greater suspense, in the Florida Derby, Angel of Empire’s conquest of the Arkansas Derby (G1) made his 29-1 price in Pool 6 look generous. Yet the Brad Cox pupil had traded a lot higher in past KDFW offerings – 125-1 in Pool 3, 112-1 in Pool 4, and following his breakout win in the Risen Star (G2), 38-1 in Pool 5. He opened Pool 6 at odds of 30-1.
Forte, the only Pool 6 interest under double-digits, adhered to his 5-2 morning line. The Todd Pletcher pupil, who has ranked as the favored individual from Pool 2 on, took on overall favoritism as a 3-1 chance in Pool 5.
Stablemates Kingsbarns and Tapit Trice came next in Pool 6 popularity, each at 11-1, but with different trajectories.
Kingsbarns was a market mover in the wake of his Louisiana Derby (G2) romp on March 25. First offered in Pool 3 when 32-1, a 35-1 shot in Pool 4 and 43-1 in Pool 5, he was listed at 20-1 on the morning line in this final pool, and shortened further.
Tapit Trice, 45-1 in Pool 3, tumbled to 15-1 in Pool 4 after a sensational Gulfstream allowance. During Pool 5 held over the weekend of his Tampa Bay Derby (G2) victory, Tapit Trice was bet down to 8-1. That was his starting price here, and he inched up ahead of his final prep in this Saturday’s Blue Grass (G1).
Japanese-based UAE Derby (G2) winner Derma Sotogake, pegged at 40-1 on the morning line, steamed into 13-1. San Felipe (G2) hero Practical Move, who drifted from 8-1 to 14-1 by the close of trade, will make this Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby (G1) his stepping stone to Churchill Downs. The mutuel field of “All other three-year-olds,” a 15-1 chance on the Pool 6 morning line, closed at 17-1.
Most notably among other efforts after closure on Saturday evening, Mage (46-1) and Cyclone Mischief (88-1) were respectively second and third to Forte in the Florida Derby, and Reincarnate (24-1) was third behind Angel of Empire at Oaklawn Park.
Churchill reported that Pool 6 handled a total of $369,443 ($271,230 in the Win pool and $98,213 in Exactas). For further details, including will-pays and exacta probables for all pools, see the KDFW page on kentuckyderby.com.
|NAME||FINAL ODDS||ML ODDS|
|1. Angel of Empire||29-1||30-1|
|2. Arctic Arrogance||165-1||80-1|
|3. Blazing Sevens||46-1||50-1|
|4. Bourbon Bash||100-1||99-1|
|5. Classic Car Wash||169-1||80-1|
|6. Confidence Game||29-1||25-1|
|8. Cyclone Mischief||88-1||80-1|
|9. Derma Sotogake||13-1||40-1|
|13. Fort Bragg||58-1||80-1|
|15. Geaux Rocket Ride||33-1||20-1|
|16. Hayes Strike||404-1||80-1|
|17. Hit Show||30-1||20-1|
|18. I Don’t Get It||238-1||99-1|
|19. Instant Coffee||49-1||20-1|
|20. Jace’s Road||118-1||80-1|
|23. Mandarin Hero||99-1||80-1|
|24. Mendelssohns March||212-1||99-1|
|25. National Treasure||44-1||50-1|
|26. Practical Move||14-1||8-1|
|27. Raise Cain||81-1||40-1|
|28. Red Route One||24-1||25-1|
|30. Rocket Can||32-1||30-1|
|31. Shadow Dragon||299-1||99-1|
|33. Slip Mahoney||130-1||80-1|
|34. Sun Thunder||113-1||80-1|
|35. Tapit Trice||11-1||8-1|
|36. Two Eagles River||38-1||99-1|
|37. Two Phil’s||21-1||40-1|
|39. Wild On Ice||190-1||80-1|
|40. All Other 3-Year-Olds||17-1||15-1|