The first Saturday in May is fast approaching and soon we’ll know who will comprise the 20-horse field in this year's Kentucky Derby, but now’s the time to put money down on your favorite Kentucky Derby hopeful. The last of three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools opens Friday at noon EDT and ends Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager allows bettors the opportunity at higher odds than may be available on Derby Day. However, there are no refunds if your horse doesn’t start in the Kentucky Derby or is injured or otherwise removed from consideration during pool wagering. Churchill Downs will immediately suspend wagering on a horse if it learns that something has happened to it to prevent it from entering the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager offers a minimum $2 win wager only, no place or show wagering. Also offered is a minimum $2 straight exacta wager or a minimum $1 boxed exacta or part-wheel wager. Twenty-three individual betting interests are available in the pool, plus the “All Others” mutual field.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has made Todd Pletcher’s Tampa Bay Derby winner Verrazano the morning-line favorite at odds of 7-2 in Pool 3. Second choice on the morning-line at 6-1 is the All Others mutual field.
Newcomers to the future wager pool are San Felipe (G2) winner Hear the Ghost; Java’s War, runner-up in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2); winner of the Private Terms Stakes, Mr. Palmer; Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Will Take Charge, Noble Tune, and War Academy.