Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) kicks off its three-day run on Friday, January 27 and two-year-old champion Classic Empire (#3) has been installed as the 5-1 favorite among individual interests. However, the Mutuel Field (#24) of “all other 3-year-olds” is expected to lead the way when the pool closes at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, January 29.
The Mutuel Field closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1, which was held November 25-27, and Churchill Downs’ oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has listed the Mutuel Field as the 8-5 morning line favorite in Pool 2.
KDFW Pool 2 opens Friday at noon (ET).
Classic Empire, who is trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, registered a field-best 108 BRIS Speed rating when wrapping up his championship season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Casse is also responsible for Woodbine maiden winner State of Honor (#20), who is 50-1 following a head second in the January 7 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park.
Unbeaten Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) victor Mastery (#12) comes next on the morning line at 6-1. He’s one of two individual interests for four-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who also has 15-1 American Anthem (#1), a head second when making his stakes bow in the January 7 Sham (G3).
Unbeaten Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner McCraken (#13), who has been flattered by vanquished foes such as Lecomte (G3) winner Guest Suite (#8) and Smarty Jones hero Uncontested (#21) in Kentucky Derby qualifiers this year, is the 10-1 third choice among individual interests.
Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with four representatives in Pool 2: maiden winner Battalion Runner (#2), 20-1; listed stakes conqueror Fact Finding (#5), 30-1; maiden scorer Faja (#6), 30-1; and Mucho Macho Man winner Sonic Mule (#19), 50-1.
The KDFW was established to give fans the opportunity to wager on Kentucky Derby contenders at odds that could be greater than the first Saturday in May.
Win wagering ($2 minimum) and exacta wagering ($2 straight; $1 increments in boxes and part-wheels) is available and odds will be locked in at the conclusion of the three-day run. No refunds are available but officials will suspend wagering on an individual interest if a horse is removed from Kentucky Derby consideration by connections.
Real-time odds for Pool 2 and more information on the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is available at www.KentuckyDerby.com.
2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2
Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Jan. 29
|#||Wagering Interest||Sire||Trainer||Morning Line Odds|
|1||American Anthem*||Bodemeister||Bob Baffert||15-1|
|2||Battalion Runner*||Unbridled’s Song||Todd Pletcher||20-1|
|3||Classic Empire||Pioneerof the Nile||Mark Casse||5-1|
|4||El Areeb*||Exchange Rate||Cathal Lynch||50-1|
|5||Fact Finding||The Factor||Todd Pletcher||30-1|
|7||Gormley||Malibu Moon||John Shirreffs||15-1|
|8||Guest Suite* (g)||Quality Road||Neil Howard||50-1|
|9||Gunnevera||Dialed In||Antonio Sano||50-1|
|10||Irish War Cry||Curlin||Graham Motion||30-1|
|11||Lookin At Lee||Lookin At Lucky||Steve Asmussen||30-1|
|12||Mastery||Candy Ride (ARG)||Bob Baffert||6-1|
|14||Mo Town||Uncle Mo||Anthony Dutrow||20-1|
|15||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)*||Came Home||Koji Maki||50-1|
|16||No Dozing||Union Rags||Arnaud Delacour||50-1|
|18||Practical Joke||Into Mischief||Chad Brown||20-1|
|19||Sonic Mule*||Distorted Humor||Todd Pletcher||50-1|
|20||State of Honor*||To Honor and Serve||Mark Casse||50-1|
|21||Uncontested||Tiz Wonderful||Wayne Catalano||20-1|
|22||Untrapped*||Trappe Shot||Steve Asmussen||50-1|
|23||Wild Shot||Trappe Shot||Rusty Arnold||50-1|
|24||Mutuel Field (All Others)||8/5|
Morning Line Odds by Mike Battaglia
* – new wagering interest in KDFW Pool 2
(g) – gelding