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Monday, April 04, 2011


UNCLE MO IS FINAL POOL KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER FAVORITE OVER THE FAST-CLOSING DIALED IN


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 3, 2011) – The third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) ended early Sunday evening with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#22) favored to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), but Florida Derby (GI) winner Dialed In (#5) closed fast in the pool’s final minutes to end up as a solid second choice.

Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo was the 3-1 morning line favorite for the three-day pool and those were the odds on the Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile champion when wagering concluded at 6:05 p.m. (all times EDT) on Sunday, April 3. But the odds dropped sharply Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In during the pool’s final minutes in the aftermath of his last-to-first rally to edge longshot Shackleford in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Nick Zito-trained Dialed In was a 10-1 risk when the starting gate opened for the Florida Derby at 5:46 p.m,, but his odds dropped sharply to 5-1 when wagering in the pool ended. Churchill Downs officials added five minutes to the pool because the results of the Florida Derby were declared officials so close to the end of the pool.


The mutuel field (#24), which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 22 individual horses in KDFW Pool 3, closed as the 8-1 third choice, edging owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho’s San Felipe (GII) winner Premier Pegasus (#14), whose odds closed at 9-1. George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor (#19), winner of the San Vicente (GII) and the Rebel (GII) for three-time Kentucky Derby-winner Bob Baffert, was next in line at 10-1.

Kentucky Derby fans wagered $392,910 during the April 1-3 pool to lift total wagering for the three 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pools to $1,362,101. The final pool betting figures included $269,354 wagered to win and $123,556 in exacta betting. The overall wagering total for all three pools was the fifth highest in the 13-year history of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and its largest three-pool betting total since 2007.

Mutuel payouts on Pool 3 of the Derby Future Pool are determined by the odds in place at the conclusion of betting. The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) will be run for the 137th consecutive year on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides fans with opportunities to wager on potential contenders for the famed “Run for the Roses” at odds that could be much more attractive than those available on the day of America’s greatest race. It offers win and exacta wagering, and all bets are $2 minimum wagers, and there are no scratches or refunds on any KDFW wager. If it is determined during any KDFW pool that an individual horse has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from competing in Kentucky Derby, wagering on that interest will be suspended immediately.


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