March 4, 2024

Classic Empire tops individual interests, ‘All Others’ listed as 8-5 favorite in KDFW2

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

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
6 Faja* Bodemeister Todd Pletcher 50-1
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
13 McCraken Ghostzapper Ian Wilkes 10-1
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
17 Petrov* Flatter Ron Moquett 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


2 Comments on Classic Empire tops individual interests, ‘All Others’ listed as 8-5 favorite in KDFW2

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