SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, May 4, 2013--When longshot Golden Soul came roaring home for place behind the impressive Orb--and an equally impressive Joel Rosario and Shug McGaughey--Pool 1 Futures players were witnessing an All Others-All Others Futures exacta. Neither Orb nor Golden Soul were among the 23 listed 3-year-olds.

So how would the payoff be determined? Has there ever been a 24-24 exacta? Of course, the answer is no, so this sent us to the posted rules which, regarding this issue, are as follows:

The Kentucky Derby/Oaks Futures Exacta described herein is to be conducted consistent with established and approved Official Rules for the Derby and Oaks Futures Wager. Futures pools are distinguished by the general characteristic that selections of (wagers on) runners which for any reason are ultimately non-starters in the designated Kentucky Derby and/or Kentucky Oaks events are not subject to refunds (return of monies wagered thereon).1.

Futures Exacta Rules.1.1. “Futures Exacta” requires selection of the first two finishers in exact order in the event on which the pool is based. “Futures Exacta” will be conducted in a manner consistent with the approved wagering pool known as “Exacta” as defined in KHRC rules and/or the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.1.2.

“Futures Exacta” pools may be conducted with a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of 24 betting interests. Such betting interests must include one (1) interest defined as “Mutuel Field” (or “All Others”) representing all runners not otherwise named as specific betting interests. By way of example, a Kentucky Derby “Futures Exacta” pool with 24 betting interests will contain 23 named runners and one (1) “Mutuel Field” interest.1.3.

All runners in the Mutuel Field of the “Futures Exacta” shall be treated as a “Coupled Entry” for the purposes of determining winning tickets and payouts. (In the event multiple Mutuel Field runners finish in positions affecting the determination of winning tickets and payouts, the calculation of the $2 payout will be conducted in a manner consistent with the approved method for “Coupled Entries” as contained in KHRC rules and/or the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

By way of example, with #24 representing the Mutuel Field/All Others, a finish of 1/24/24/24/3 would result in an exacta payout to holders of a 1/24 ticket; a finish of 24/24/24/9 would result in an exacta payout to holders of a 24/9 ticket.) 1.4.


According to the middle section highlighted in bold italics, the Futures Exacta would be paid on the first and third finishers; Orb and Revolutionary, returning $102.20 per $2 wager. As stated in the rules, the All Others-All Others finish is treated as if the first two finishers were members of a coupled entry. Seems fair enough--unless you needed Revolutionary for trifecta purposes!

[There are three Futures pools; results will vary]*

Race 10: Back on the turf which apparently has gotten so boggy that Shug McGaughey decided that Point of Entry will not participate, as he was scratched about a half hour ago. That should leave the proceedings to Horse of the Year Wise Dan--providing he handles the soft going. His best weapon is his tactical speed, always helpful on wet ground.

Race 9: Back on the sloppy track and no shortage of speed in the G2 Churchill Downs Sprint and speed horses will have an edge. Under the conditions, it appears that Delauney is the speed of the speed; find out in eight minutes.

Race 8: Back on the grass for the Distaff Turf Mile with the track downgraded to yielding. After the scratch of morningline favorite Marketing Mix, it appears that Hungry Island, Daisy Devine and Stephanie's Kitten are the best prepard to handle the conditions. Aubby K showed her affinity for the wet and answered the stretch challengers after stalking Jamaican Smoke's hot pace throughout.

These three are the betting choices with a little more than 20 minutes to post, and the crowd has settled on Hungry Island. They're probably right.

Consecutive 11-1 shots: Longshot parade continues on Derby day as the wet course helped Berlino Di Tiger hold on, as the old pro Chamerlain Bridge came flying late. The 9-year-old gelding was in front on the gallop-out shortly after the pair hit the wire.

Race 7: Back on the main track and the first sloppy track of the day, as if the rail weren't hard enough to overcome going seven-eighths. Still, taking Jamaican Smoke to, well,smoke'm in the first Grade 1 of the day, the Humana Distaff.

Break up the McPeek barn, another win in the fifth giving him three on the day; great rating by Victor Lebron, the soft pace too much for Code West to overcome--but he did come flying to save the exacta players and the race might be a good prep for the Belmont, his intended purpose.

Race 6: We'll see how the showers have effected the turf, this being the second grass race of the day. This is a tough race, the G3 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint which Regally Ready won two years ago; why not again? He's 3-for-3 on this course and Asmussen is 21% effective with second-off-the-layup runners.

Two straight for McPeek/Leparoux team who stayed out of trouble setting soft pace outside of Old Time Hockey. Screenplay got roughed up at the start; The Pizza Man nearly went down in midstretch. Course acted firm but it had to be a little slick on the surface--probably helped the speed.

Great view of stewards inquiry process. Incidentally, they did excellent work in yesterday's rough-house Alysheba. In a bit of a tough call, they had it exactly right.

CD, Race 4: Wide open maiden scramble will need tote board assessment and paddock observation...and that might not help all that much. Too bad, would like to be alive in DD to Code West, who found an easier spot than today's 11th and feature event. He's a layover on figures in Race 5.

CD, Race 3: Just saw why speed is always dangerous--he said facetiously. But McPeek sure had that boy wound up. No excuses for Slan Abhaile.

Screenplay looks solid in first turf race of the day, although crowd goes for The Pizza Man early. Can't blame them for that.

CD, Race 2: Top of the ticket looks like #2 & #8; #8 looked great in paddock and has better draw.

#5, uncoupled Romans, back at his winning distance. Liked this colt in Fla., then disappointed.

Sorry, late checking in. Track still fast; anticipate formful opener.

As it turns out, too much Rosario.

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In the opener at Churchill Downs, Apropos, given his most recent effort, is a deserving favorite and will be very hard beat, still we must try.

Jan's Perfect Star's debut puts him right in the hunt for this (fast track please) and Honey Hues is bred nicely for the wet track.

We'll be back as 10:30 a.m. post time draws near...

*Addition made 050513 at 7:55 a.m.