LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 3, 2009) – Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I) for his third victory in four career races, remained a solid favorite to win the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on May 2 as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) reached its midway point on Friday evening.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ homebred son of Elusive Quality remained the 5-1 choice among 24 wagering interests in KDFW Pool 2. Vinery LLC and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire, whose three-race winning streak includes a victory in the Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, was the 9-1 second choice at the end of Friday’s betting. The mutuel field, which respresents all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the pool’s 23 individual horses, also stood at 9-1, but slightly more money had been wagered on Friesan Fire. “All others” was favored in both of this year’s previous KDFW pools.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager, now in its 11th year, provides offers Derby fans the opportunity to bet on contenders for the 135th renewal of the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be more attractive than those available when the race is run on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Along with the Future Wager’s traditional $2 “win” bet, this year’s third pool is just the second in the bet’s history to offer exacta wagering. Both the KDFW “win” bet and its new exacta wager require a $2 minimum wager. There are no scratches or refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Total betting in KDFW Pool 3 had climbed to $69,894 by the end of Friday’s second day of the pool. Of that total, $20,789 had been wagered in the exacta pool. Pool 3 wagering is scheduled to resume at noon (all times EDT) on Saturday, April 4. The pool will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

Pool 3 odds could look much different Saturday evening following the running of three major Kentucky Derby preps: the Santa Anita Derby (GI), Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct and Hawthorne Park’s Illinois Derby (GII). Horses that continue to attract solid support through the first two days of KDFW Pool 3 include The Pamplemousse (10-1), I Want Revenge (10-1), Old Fashioned (13-1), Pioneerof the Nile (17-1), Dunkirk (15-1), Win Willy (15-1), Desert Party (16-1), and Chocolate Candy (18-1).

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.

Day 2 Odds
# Wagering Interest Morning line odds Day 1 Odds Day 2 Odds
1 Charitable Man* 30-1 49-1 38-1
2 Chocolate Candy 30-1 18-1 18-1
3 Desert Party 30-1 15-1 16-1
4 Dunkirk 8-1 13-1 15-1
5 Flying Private* 50-1 72-1 49-1
6 Friesan Fire 8-1 8-1 9-1
7 Giant Oak 30-1 67-1 43-1
8 Hold Me Back* 30-1 19-1 20-1
9 I Want Revenge 8-1 11-1 10-1
10 Imperial Council 20-1 19-1 27-1
11 Mafaaz* 50-1 42-1 45-1
12 Musket Man* 30-1 99-1 96-1
13 Mr. Hot Stuff* 30-1 94-1 99-1
14 Old Fashioned 10-1 14-1 13-1
15 Papa Clem 30-1 66-1 73-1
16 Pioneerof the Nile 10-1 22-1 17-1
17 Quality Road 6-1 5-1 5-1
18 Regal Ransom* 30-1 31-1 36-1
19 Take the Points 30-1 86-1 89-1
20 Terrain* 50-1 24-1 27-1
21 The Pamplemousse 10-1 8-1 10-1
22 Theregoesjojo 20-1 42-1 35-1
23 Win Willy* 20-1 14-1 14-1
24 Mutuel Field (“All Others”) 10-1 11-1 9-1
*New wagering interest in Pool 3
Morning line odds by Mike Battaglia

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009. The track’s 2009 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 25-July 5. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times, and will host the international racing championship again on Nov. 5-6, 2010. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at http://www.churchilldowns.com.