Mixed Results for Derby, Oaks Future Wagers, But Handle Up Overall
By Dick Downey
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3, which closed at 6:00 ET today, generated $282,199 in win bets and $103,265 in exacta bets for a total of $385,464. That's down $9,300 from $394,763 wagered this time last year, a decline of just over 2.3 percent
The Oaks-Derby double, an ancillary wager to the Pool 3 future bet for the second time this year, shows $78,546 in handle, up from $69,725 last year, an increase of $8,821, or 12.65 percent.
The sole Kentucky Oaks Future Wager of the year also gained in popularity as it handled $88,652 with a win pool of $65,252 and an exacta pool $23,400. That's an increase of $17,659 over last year's total of $70,993, a jump of 24.87 percent.
Total combined handle was $552,662 compared to $535,481 in 2018, an increase of 3.2 percent year over year.