Saturday, February 14, 2009

‘All Others’ Still Favored, But Old Fashioned Makes A Move At Midpoint of First ‘09Derby Futures

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2009) – The “all others” wager continued to draw strong support during the second day of betting in the first of three pools in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), but unbeaten Old Fashioned emerged as the clear choice among individual contenders for the “Run for the Roses” as the four-day pool reached its midpoint on Friday evening.

The mutuel field, the wagering interest that consists of all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses on the KDFW Pool 1 betting roster, remained the clear 6-5 favorite when the second day of betting in the pool drew to a close at 10 p.m. (all times EST) Friday. But Fox Hill Farm’s Old Fashioned was separated from the 23 individual horses in the pool as the Larry Jones-trained son of Unbridled’s Song was a clear 7-1 second choice at the conclusion of Friday’s betting. Old Fashioned, who was a 12-1 risk at the end of Thursday’s first day of Pool 1 betting, will be a strong favorite as he makes his 2009 debut in Monday’s $250,000 Southwest Stakes (Grade III) at Oaklawn Park.

Total betting through two days of the Feb. 12-15 pool was $121,257. Thursday’s opening day of the pool saw wagering of $48,207. Betting on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is scheduled to resume at noon on Saturday, Feb. 14. Wagering on the four-day pool will conclude at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Winning payouts in KDFW Pool 1 will be based that are in place at the conclusion of betting on Sunday.

Other individual horses that had attracted solid support from Kentucky Derby fans through the first two days of the four-day pool included Robert B. Lewis (GII) winner Pioneerof the Nile, who stood at 14-1; 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner and 2-year-old champion Midshipman was a 19-1 risk; Friesan Fire, winner of the Risen Star and Lecomte, was at 21-1; Silver City, who faces Old Fashioned in the Southwest, was next at 23-1; and unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Stardom Bound was a 24-1 shot.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager offers racing fans the opportunity to bet on contenders for the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at odds that could be much higher than those they would receive on May 2, the day of America’s greatest race. It is a minimum $2 wager and a win bet only. Real time odds and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby event Web site at

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