Oaks-Derby Double Available for First Time
Updated 3:43 pm ET
Bolt d’Oro (#3, 6-1), a winner in three of four races who will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, and the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” (#24, 6-1) are the 6-1 co-morning line favorites for Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which opens a three-day run Friday at noon ET and closes Sunday at 6:00 pm ET.
The Derby Future Wager will run concurrently with the lone pool of the 2018 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. In addition to Win and Exacta betting, an Oaks-Derby Double has been added to the Future Wager betting menu for the first time. The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which includes the Oaks/Derby Future Double, will close at 6:30 pm ET.
Aside from the morning line favorites, oexpected to attract strong support are trainer Todd Pletcher’s Holy Bull winner Audible (#1, 8-1); Fountain of Youth winner Promises Fulfilled (#19, 8-1); and a pair of unbeaten hopes trained by four-time Kentucky Derby-winner Bob Baffert in Justify (#12, 8-1) and McKinzie (#15, 8-1).
Promises Fulfilled is one of 10 new wagering interests in Pool 3. The others are Risen Star winner Bravazo (#4, 30-1); Sam F. Davis winner Flameaway (#7, 30-1); Dubai-based and UAE 2000 Guineas winner Gold Town (GB) (#9, 30-1), the only gelding among the 24 betting interests; San Vicente winner Kanthaka (#13, 20-1); unbeaten Justify (#12, 15-1) and Magnum Moon (#14, 30-1); Southwest Stakes winner My Boy Jack (#17, 30-1); the once-beaten Noble Indy (#19, 50-1); and Sam F. Davis Stakes third finisher Vino Rosso (#23, 50-1).
The full roster of wagering interests for Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Audible (#1, 8-1), Avery Island (#2, 30-1), Bolt d’Oro (#3, 6-1), Bravazo (#4, 30-1), Catholic Boy (#5, 30-1), Combatant (#6, 50-1), Flameaway (#7, 30-1), Free Drop Billy (#8, 15-1), Gold Town (GB) (#9, 30-1), Good Magic (#10, 15-1), Instilled Regard (#11, 30-1), Justify (#12, 15-1), Kanthaka (#13, 20-1), Magnum Moon (#14, 30-1), McKinzie (#15, 8-1), Mendelssohn (#16, 30-1), My Boy Jack (#17, 30-1), Noble Indy (#18, 50-1), Promises Fulfilled (#19, 8-1), Solomini (#20, 15-1), Sporting Chance (#21, 30-1), Strike Power (#22, 15-1), Vino Rosso (#23, 50-1) and All Others (#24, 6-1).
Flameaway and Gold Town (GB) are not currently Triple Crown-nominated, but their trainers have publicly indicated that they are intended to become eligible through the late nomination process.
Champion 2-Year-Old Male Good Magic, who finished third as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth, was the 8-1 co-second choice with Bolt d’Oro in the KDFW Pool 2 on Feb. 9-11 behind “All Other 3-Year-Olds,” who closed at the 5-2 favorite.
“All Other 3-Year-Olds” has closed as the KDFW Pool 3 betting favorite in 12 of the last 15 years. The three exceptions were Mohaymen (7-2 in 2016), Uncle Mo (3-1 in 2011) and Pyro (4-1 in 2018), and none of those won the Kentucky Derby.
Pletcher leads all trainers with four KDFW Pool 3 contenders (Audible, Magnum Moon, Noble Indy and Vino Rosso), while Baffert trains three (McKinzie, Justify and Solomini). Trainers with two Pool 3 interests include four-time Kentucky Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas (Bravazo and Sporting Chance), Dale Romans (Promises Fulfilled and Free Drop Billy) and Jerry Hollendorfer (Instilled Regard and Kanthaka).
As always, the win wager is a $2 minimum bet. Pari-mutuel payouts on winning tickets on Kentucky Derby Day will be determined by the final odds in each respective pool. Each pool also includes a minimum $2 exacta wager.
No scratches or refunds are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the pool that a wagering interest will not compete in the Derby because of injury, illness or other circumstance, wagering on that interested will be suspended immediately.
The opening Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool of 2018 was conducted from Nov. 23-26, while Pool 2 ran from Feb. 9-11. The year’s fourth and final pool is set for April 6-8.
Total handle for the Feb. 9-11 KDFW pool was $521,650 ($363,389 in the Win pool and $158,262 in Exactas), which was a 58.1% increase over last year’s $330,043 ($227,881 in the Win pool and $102,162 in Exactas).
Last year’s KDFW Pool 3 handled $373,354 ($250,280 in the Win pool and $123,075 in Exactas).
Real-time odds and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which will include free past performance information from Brisnet, is available at the official Kentucky Derby event web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com/FutureWager.
Edited Churchill Downs release
This story was updated to show there are 10, not nine, new names in Pool 3.