Verrazano, winner of three since he launched his career on New Year’s Day, is Mike Battaglia's 7-2 morning line choice in Pool 3 of the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Wagering in the three-day pool is set to open at noon ET on Friday, March 22 and conclude at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 24.
Verrazano was the favored individual in the first two pools, but the overall choice in each was “All Others”, which includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual listed horses. All Others has been set at 6-1 in Pool 3.
Trailing those two interests at 10-1 are Itsmyluckyday, Orb and Vyjack. Flashback is the 12-1 fourth choice, followed by Shanghai Bobby and Revolutionary at 15-1.
At 20-1 are Will Take Charge, Oxbow, Hear the Ghost, Normandy Invasion and Uncaptured.
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, but 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.
Fans wagered $1,028,532 in win and exacta bets during Feb. 8-10 and March 1-3 KDFW pools.
As seen in the first two pools of 2013, many of the individual horses are in the barns of a handful of trainers. There are five each trained by Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert.
Verrazano, Shanghai Bobby and Revolutionary head a Pletcher squad that also includes Palace Malice and Overanalyze. Flashback is joined in Baffert’s group by Code West, Den’s Legacy, Shakin It Up and War Academy.
Pool 3 features six horses that were not wagering interests in this year’s second pool. The newcomers are Hear the Ghost, Java’s War, Mr Palmer, Noble Tune, War Academy and Will Take Charge. Will Take Charge was also in Pool 1.
The six horses dropped from Pool 2 are Delhomme, Dynamic Sky, Ive Struck A Nerve, Super Ninety Nine, Titletown Five and Treasury Bill.
Betting on the 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager is offered by racetracks and off-track betting centers throughout North America. The bet also is available online at TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, and other advance deposit wagering platforms. KDFW betting interests are chosen by a panel that includes Ed DeRosa of BRISNET, Mike Watchmaker and Brad Free of the Daily Racing Form, and Churchill Downs’ John Asher.
Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey
Link to chart with morning line