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Future Wagering On The Derby Favors The Field Again!
Future wagering for the Kentucky Derby has entered its’ 15th year and is as strong as ever. Every year that future wagering has been offered “the field” has come away the favorite, despite some strong interest in and showings from potential Derby winners. This year, colts such as Shanghai Bobby, Goldencents, and Violence are getting a lot of attention as potential Derby winners, but the uncertainty of the racing game itself has once again led bettors to choose the field over any individual horse in the first pool.
Horse racing continues to shake off the notion that it’s a dying sport as the wagering hit $621,493, which is the second highest total since future wagering has been offered. Of that total, $151,611 was wagered on “the field” and pulled the odds to 8-5. The field references all potential three-year-olds that were not listed among the 23 in this year’s early pool of horses. The total may have reached the record had it not been for the major snowstorm that hit the northeast and closed or disrupted business of area tracks and OTB sites.
Surprisingly the horse that came away with the most confidence of future bettors was Verrazano, the lightly raced colt trained by Todd Pletcher, who had seven horses in the early wagering pool. Verrazano, was betted to 11-1 odds, and is undefeated in two starts, but has yet to make an appearance in a stakes race. The next horse, with odds at 12-1, was Bob Baffert’s Flashback, who most recently won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Itsmyluckyday, trained by Ed Plesa, was up next, finishing the three days of early wagering at 13-1. Itsmyluckyday has the distinction of being the only horse, so far, to best two-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby. Revolutionary and Violence, both Pletcher trainees, also closed out with odds of 13-1. Derby Championship points leaders Shanghai Bobby and Goldencents didn’t command quite the respect that one may have thought going into the wagering. Pletcher’s Shanghai Bobby ended the wagering at 14-1 and has been the topic of debate lately over his ability to maintain a front running pace for the distance of a race such as the Kentucky Derby. Doug O’Neill, who trained last year’s Derby winner I’ll Have Another, is overseeing the development of Goldencents, who was a surprising 20-1, despite having 24 points in the Derby prep season.
For those who missed the first session of early wagering, have no worries; there are two more future wagering dates. Pool 2 is set for March 1st through 3rd and the final future wagering pool will be March 22nd through the 24th. For more information, you can contact Churchill Downs at their official website. You can follow the Road to the Kentucky Derby at DerbyDeals all season long. We have the points standings, race results, and Top 5 contenders at your finger tips and just a click away!
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