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Derby Future Wager Entries: Almost Half in Hands of Two Trainers
By Dick Downey
Two trainers condition almost half the 23 individual betting interests in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, set to start on Friday.
Shanghai Bobby and Violence, both trained by Todd Pletcher, were made individual favorites in Pool 1, released Wednesday by Churchill Downs. In all, Pletcher trains seven of the individual horses named in Pool 1, and Bob Baffert trains four.
Shanghai Bobby, voted 2-year-old champion of 2012, and Grade I CashCall Futurity winner Violence were both set at 12-1 by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. The powerful Pletcher stable is also represented in Pool 1 by Overanalyze (15-1), Revolutionary (20-1), Verrazano (15-1), Capo Bastone (30-1) and Delhomme (30-1).
Bob Baffert has four horses in Pool 1. He conditions Flashback (15-1), Den’s Legacy (30-1), Super Ninety Nine (20-1) and Code West (50-1).
As expected, Battaglia made “All Others” the strong overall favorite on the morning line. The bet was installed at 9-5 in Pool 1, which opens a three-day run on Friday at Noon ET. It concludes Sunday at 6:00 p.m. ET.
D. Wayne Lukas, Doug O’Neill and Mark Casse each have two trainees in Pool 1. Lukas trains Oxbow (20-1) and Will Take Charge (30-1). O’Neill, the 2012 Derby winner, has Goldencents (20-1) and He’s Had Enough (50-1). Casse trains Uncaptured (20-1) and Dynamic Sky (30-1).
A couple of trainers with one entry in the wager that will get attention are Ed Plesa Jr.’s Itsmyluckyday (15-1), and Chad Brown's Normandy Invasion (20-1).
Also known as the mutuel field, “All Others” includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed. “All Others” bet has been the Pool 1 favorite at the close of each of the 14 Derby Future wagers. The wager was initiated in 1999.
“It’s normal and logical for ‘All Others’ to be favored in the opening pool of the Derby Future Wager, but it’s rare for me to set its morning line odds so low,” said Battaglia, oddsmaker for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1975. “No individual horse has really grabbed the attention of Derby fans, and while several lightly-raced horses have been impressive, they are question marks in terms of experience. It will be fun to shop for attractive prices on individual horses, but most fans figure to find their way back to the mutuel field before the pool closes.”
The field for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 was selected by a panel of journalists and racing officials that included Brad Free and Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form, Ed DeRosa of BRISNET and Churchill Downs’ John Asher.
Each Kentucky Derby Future pool offers $2 minimum win betting and exacta wagering, which is available in the form of $2 minimum straight exacta bets or $1-minimum exacta boxes and part-wheels. No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in the Derby Future Wager. Betting on an individual horse will be suspended immediately if Churchill Downs determines that an injury, illness or other circumstance revealed during the pool would prevent that horse from competing in the Kentucky Derby.
POOL 1 ENTRIES
1. Capo Bastone 30-1
2. Code West 50-1
3. Delhomme 30-1
4. Den’s Legacy 30-1
5. Dynamic Sky 30-1
6. Falling Sky 30-1
7. Flashback 15-1
8. Frac Daddy 50-1
9. Goldencents 20-1
10. He’s Had Enough 50-1
11. Itsmyluckyday 15-1
12. Mylute 30-1
13. Normandy Invasion 20-1
14. Overanalyze 15-1
15. Oxbow 20-1
16. Revolutionary 20-1
17. Shanghai Bobby 12-1
18. Super Ninety Nine 20-1
19. Uncaptured 20-1
20. Verrazano 15-1
21. Violence 12-1
22. Vyjack (g) 20-1
23. Will Take Charge 30-1
24. All Others 9-5