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Edited Churchill Staff Release – Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set for its three-day run Tuesday-Thursday and features 40 betting interests including recent Grade I winners Locked and Timberlake. Once again, the popular “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2021 Foal Crop” not listed among the individual interests is expected to be the heavy favorite.

          Wagering will begin Tuesday at noon (all times Eastern) and close Thursday at 6 p.m. in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ Future Starts Friday. Like previous years, bettors can make $2 Win and Exacta bets.

          The 15-1 individual favorite is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Walmac Farm’s Breeders’ Futurity (GI) winner Locked. Trained by two-time Kentucky Derby winner Todd Pletcher, Locked is among the top interests in Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Santa Anita.

Here is the complete field with morning line odds: #1 Agate Road (99-1); #2 Agoo (99-1); #3 Air of Defiance (60-1); #4 Balta (99-1); #5 Be You (99-1); #6 Bentornato (99-1); #7 Bergen (99-1); #8 Billal (99-1); #9 Booth (60-1); #10 Catching Freedom  (99-1); #11 Dancing Groom (99-1); #12 Domestic Product (99-1); #13 Dornoch (60-1); #14 Drum Roll Please (99-1); #15 Fierceness (99-1); #16 General Partner (80-1); #17 Generous Tipper (80-1); #18 Glengarry (99-1); #19 Informed Patriot (99-1); #20 Liberal Arts (60-1); #21 Lightline (99-1); #22 Locked (15-1); #23 Moonlight (80-1); #24 Nash (99-1); #25 Normandy Hero (99-1); #26 Otto The Conqueror (99-1); #27 Noted (99-1); #28 Nutella Fella (80-1); #29 Private Desire (50-1); #30 Raging Torrent (99-1); #31 Risk It (99-1); #32 Rocketeer (99-1); #33 Seize the Grey (99-1); #34 Stretch Ride (50-1); #35 Stronghold (99-1); #36 The Wine Steward (30-1); #37 Timberlake (20-1); #38 West Saratoga (80-1); #39 “All Fillies from the 2021 Foal Crop” (80-1); “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2021 Foal Crop” (3-5).

In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Locked will face Siena Farm and WinStar Farm’s Champagne Stakes (GI) winner Timberlake who was tabbed at 20-1 in Pool 1. Trained by 2021 Kentucky Derby winning-conditioner Brad Cox, Timberlake jumped onto the Road to the Kentucky Derby with his 4 ¼ length victory four weeks ago in the Champagne.

In total, there are eight betting interests in Pool 1 who are trained by Cox: Air of Defiance (60-1); Bergen (99-1); Catching Freedom (99-1); Drum Roll Please (99-1); Lightline (99-1); Nash (99-1); Rocketeer (99-1) and Timberlake (20-1)

As was the case last year, Pool 1 will assume that horses under the care of trainers suspended from competing in the 2023 Kentucky Derby will not be under consideration. Instead, they will be included within the pari-mutuel field.

All told, there are six Future Wager pools scheduled in advance of the 2024 Kentucky Derby: Oct. 31-Nov. 2 (Pool 1); Nov. 23-26 (Pool 2); Jan. 19-21 (Pool 3); Feb. 16-18 (Pool 4); March 15-17 (Pool 5); April 4-6 (Pool 6). The Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which debuted in 2015 and requires bettors to wager on the winning sire for next year’s Kentucky Derby winner, will be held concurrently with Pool 2. The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5

There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of this week’s four-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby or Oaks, betting on the individual horse will be suspended immediately.         

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