LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 15, 2009) – A weekend of upsets in important prep races for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) convinced many racing fans to turn to the “all others” option as the mutuel field ended up as the lukewarm 9-2 favorite in the second of three pools in Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

The mutuel field, which included all 3-year-olds other than the 22 individual horses listed on KDFW Pool 2’s roster of betting interests, stood as the 9-2 fan’s choice when betting on the four-day pool closed on Sunday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern). “All others” had been a strong 9-5 favorite in Pool 1, which ran from Feb. 12-15.

The narrow choice among individual horses in KDFW Pool 2 was unbeaten Dunkirk, the $3.7-million yearling purchase who has easily won his first two races. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Unbridled’s Song was the 7-1 second choice, and just held off Friesan Fire for the number two spot in the pool. Friesan Fire, a 22-1 risk at the midpoint of the four-day pool, saw his odds drop sharply to 8-1 after the Larry Jones-trained colt’s scored dominant 7 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $600,000 Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds. Old Fashioned, Friesan Fire’s Jones-trained stablemate and the favored individual horse in February’s first Derby Future Pool 0f 2009, saw his odds drift slightly upward after the previously unbeaten colt was upset by 56-1 shot Win Willy in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Friesan Fire and Old Fashioned closed at identical odds of 8-1 and each would pay $18.40 for a $2 win ticket in KDFW Pool 2 with a victory in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2.

The March 12-15 second pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager was the first in the bet’s 11-year history to offer exacta wagering along with its traditional $2 minimum “win” bet. Exacta wagering accounted for $104,017 of Pool 2’s total betting of $380,420. The combined wagering total was the fifth-highest in Pool 2 since the Kentucky Derby Future Wager was introduced in 1999.

The third and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool of 2009 is scheduled for April 2-5. Real time odds, exacta payouts and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official event Web site at http://www.kentuckyderby.com.

Other horses that attracted solid support in KDFW Pool 2 included Sham Stakes (GIII) winner The Pamplemousse, who closed at 9-1. I Want Revenge, the easy winner of the Gotham (GIII), closed at 10-1 and Pioneerof the Nile, who scored his third consecutive stakes victory in Saturday’s San Felipe (GII) over Cushion Track at Santa Anita, was next at 12-1. Fountain of Youth (GII) winner Quality Road closed at 14-1, while Dubai-based Desert Party closed at 17-1. Theregoesjojo (19-1) and Imperial Council (20-1) were next in Pool 2’s final odds.

KDFW Pool 2 was reduced to 23 wagering interests when betting on Big Drama (#3) was suspended prior to the pool when he was declared out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby.

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

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER STATISTICS
Wagering Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Total
2009 $478,721 $380,420#
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
**Record individual pool betting ****record three-pool wagering total
# includes exacta pool

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 2 – FINAL ODDS
# Wagering Interest Morning line odds Day 1 odds Day 2 odds Day 3 odds FINAL ODDS $2 Will Pay
1 Bear’s Rocket* 50-1 77-1 99-1 99-1 99-1 $321.00
2 Beethoven 30-1 14-1 17-1 21-1 23-1 $48.60
3 Big Drama WAGERING SUSPENDED
4 Chocolate Candy 30-1 33-1 33-1 34-1 29-1 $61.00
5 Desert Party* 30-1 25-1 17-1 20-1 17-1 $37.00
6 Dunkirk* 12-1 5-1 5-1 6-1 7-1 $16.80
7 Flying Pegasus 20-1 55-1 50-1 48-1 65-1 $132.40
8 Friesan Fire 12-1 23-1 22-1 10-1 8-1 $18.40
9 General Quarters* 30-1 70-1 54-1 53-1 80-1 $177.40
10 Giant Oak 20-1 41-1 37-1 32-1 42-1 $86.00
11 Hello Broadway 30-1 37-1 46-1 52-1 69-1 $140.60
12 I Want Revenge 10-1 9-1 11-1 11-1 10-1 $22.60
13 Imperial Council* 20-1 20-1 18-1 21-1 20-1 $43.00
14 Old Fashioned 8-1 5-1 6-1 6-1 8-1 $18.40
15 Papa Clem 15-1 81-1 94-1 67-1 65-1 $133.40
16 Patena 15-1 59-1 53-1 57-1 71-1 $145.20
17 Pioneerof the Nile 10-1 18-1 15-1 13-1 12-1 $26.60
18 Quality Road (N)* 12-1 17-1 16-1 14-1 14-1 $30.40
19 Silver City 30-1 95-1 93-1 90-1 99-1 $245.20
20 Take the Points* 30-1 99-1 67-1 79-1 77-1 $157.20
21 The Pamplemousse 10-1 7-1 6-1 8-1 9-1 $21.20
22 Theregoesjojo* 15-1 29-1 27-1 27-1 19-1 $41.60
23 West Side Bernie 30-1 44-1 62-1 57-1 43-1 $89.80
24 Mutuel Field
(“All Others”)
8-1 5-1 5-1 5-1 9-2 $11.80
* New Wagering Interest in Pool 2 (N) – Not Nominated to Triple Crown
Win Pool Wagering: $276,403 Exacta Pool Wagering: $104,017