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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


‘All Others’ Favored In Opening Pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2009) – Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) begins its 11th year on Thursday when the first of its three betting pools opens with the mutuel field, or “all others,” as the favored betting interest as fans take their shot at picking the winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) months in advance of America’s greatest race.

Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed the “all others” betting interest as the 5-2 favorite in Pool 1, which opens at noon (all times EST) on Thursday, Feb. 12 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. But that’s hardly a surprise as the mutuel field has been favored in the KDFW’s opening pool in each of the first 10 years of the Derby Future bet. Fans often opt for the “all others” bet rather than make a commitment to an individual horse so early in the Derby campaign and this year’s group of contenders seems more wide-open than most.


Among individual horses, Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned, winner of last fall’s Remsen (GII) at Aqueduct, and Joseph Rauch and David Zell’s Capt. Candyman Can, winner of the recent Hutcheson (GII) at Gulfstream Park and the Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs, are co-favored individual interests in Battaglia’s morning line at 10-1. That duo is followed by a closely-matched group of young stars at 12-1 that includes 2008 2-year-old champion Midshipman; Stardom Bound, the only filly among the individual betting interests and last year’s champion 2-year-old of her gender; Lecomte (GIII) Risen Star (GII) winner Friesan Fire; CashCall Futurity (GI) and Robert B. Lewis (GII) winner Pioneerof the Nile; Champagne (GI) winner Vineyard Haven; and This Ones for Phil, winner of the Sunshine Millions Dash. This Ones For Phil is the lone member of Pool 1 that is not yet nominated to the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown.

Other major contenders in the first of this year’s KDFW pools include Beethoven and Giant Oak, the 1-2 finishers in last fall’s Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs. Both are listed at odds of 15-1.

Kentucky Derby fans will be hoping for generous return on their wager in the Feb. 12-15 pool that would rival the opening pool of 2003, which saw Derby winner Funny Cide return $188 for their $2 Derby Future bet in Pool 1. The Sackatoga Stable star paid only $27.60 for a $2 win bet on Kentucky Derby Day. Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is a $2 minimum wager and a “win” bet only.
Betting interests in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools are selected by a panel that includes Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form national handicapper; Brad Free, West Coast correspondent for the Daily Racing Form; and John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs.

A total of $1,056,520 was wagered on the three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools in 2008 as total betting on the wager topped the $1 million mark for the ninth consecutive time in its 10-year history. KDFW Pool 2 is scheduled for March 12-15 and the third and final pool will be conducted April 2-5.

Real-time odds on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby Web site at http://www.kentuckyderby.com.

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER STATISTICS
Wagering Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Total
2008 $439,379 $325,306 $291,835 $1,056,520
2007 $520,688 $379,613 $465,123 $1,365,424
2006 $552,627 $464,236 $454,743 $1,471,606
2005 $620,362** $511,655 $533,973 $1,665,990****
2004 $536,958 $358,966 $386,244 $1,282,168
2003 $516,906 $391,002 $222,261 $1,130,169
2002 $577,889 $401,070 $524,847 $1,503,806
2001 $510,815 $372,961 $425,871 $1,309,647
2000 $465,454 $306,259 $387,206 $1,158,919
1999 $267,748 $178,811 $229,674 $ 676,233
KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER MUTUEL PAYOUTS
Kentucky Derby Winner Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Derby Day
2008 Big Brown $8.60 (f)* $15.00 (f) $8.60* $6.80*
2007 Street Sense $22.80 $18.20 $15.40 $11.80*
2006 Barbaro $40.20 $32.20 $20.80 $14.20
2005 Giacomo $52.00 $54.20 $103.60 $102.60
2004 Smarty Jones $5.60 (f) $10.80 (f) $23.60 $10.20*
2003 Funny Cide $188.00*** $120.80 $107.40 $27.60
2002 War Emblem $7.60 (f)* $16.00 (f) $24.00 (f) $43.00
2001 Monarchos $36.60 $13.00 $15.80 $23.00
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus $27.80 $26.40 $ 8.00* $ 6.60*
1999 Charismatic $10.20 (f)* $30.20 (f) $26.60 (f) $64.60
(f) – Mutuel field *Favorite **KDFW single pool wagering record
***Record KDFW win payout ****KDFW total wagering (all pool) record



2009 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 1 – Feb. 12-15
Number Wagering Interest Morning line odds
1 Beethoven 15-1
2 Big Drama 30-1
3 Capt. Candyman Can (g) 10-1
4 Chocolate Candy 50-1
5 Flying Pegasus 30-1
6 Friesan Fire 12-1
7 Giant Oak 15-1
8 Haynesfield 50-1
9 Hello Broadway 50-1
10 I Want Revenge 50-1
11 Midshipman 12-1
12 Notonthesamepage 30-1
13 Old Fashioned 10-1
14 Papa Clem 20-1
15 Patena 20-1
16 Pioneerof the Nile 12-1
17 Silver City 50-1
18 Stardom Bound (f) 12-1
19 Taqarub 30-1
20 The Pamplemousse 30-1
21 This Ones For Phil (g)* 12-1
22 Vineyard Haven 12-1
23 West Side Bernie 50-1
24 Mutuel Field (“All Others”) 5-2
(f) – filly (g) – gelding * – Not nominated to Triple Crown
Morning Line odds by Mike Battaglia



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