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FIERCENESS 15-1 POOL 2 FAVE

Edited Churchill Staff Release – Fans will have their second of six opportunities to bet on the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) Thursday-Sunday where Repole Stable’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Fierceness was made the 15-1 individual betting favorite, while the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” from the 2021 foal crop not listed within the 38 individual betting interests was tabbed as the heavy 4-5 choice.

The four-day pool, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, will open Thursday at noon (all times Eastern) and close Sunday at 6 p.m. Pool 2 will run concurrent with the lone Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, where fans can bet horses sired by 39 individual sires and an option for “All Other Sires” that were not listed. Horses from the 2021 foal crop sired by Into Mischief were made the 8-1 individual favorite but “All Other Sires” was the 6-1 overall favorite.

In the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Fierceness, trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, has won two of three career starts including his recent 6 ¼-length romp in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The talented son of City of Light has banked $1,102,750 in purse earnings and is the heavy favorite to become champion 2-year-old.

Other intriguing prospects that were included in the second pool are Breeders’ Futurity (GI) winner Locked, runaway maiden special weight winner Nash and Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) morning line favorite Risk It.

As was the case last year, Pool 2 will assume that horses under the care of trainers suspended from competing in the 2024 Kentucky Derby will not be under consideration. Instead, they will be included within the pari-mutuel field.

In total, there are 12 new entrants in Pool 2: Awesome RoadCarboneCopper Tax, Kitty HawkKnightsbridgeMeritMystik DanParchment PartyReal Men ViolinSierra LeoneStolen Magic and Where’s Chris.

Here is the complete field with morning line odds: #1 Awesome Road (80-1); #2 Bentornato (30-1); #3 Bergen (80-1); #4 Billal (99-1); #5 Booth (50-1); #6 Carbone (80-1); #7 Catching Freedom (50-1); #8 Copper Tax (50-1); #9 Dancing Groom (99-1); #10 Domestic Product (80-1); #11 Dornoch (30-1); #12 Drum Roll Please (80-1); #13 Fierceness (15-1); #14 Glengarry (80-1); #15 Informed Patriot (80-1); #16 Kittyhawk (99-1); #17 Knightsbridge (50-1); #18 Liberal Arts (30-1); #19 Lightline (99-1); #20 Locked (30-1); #21 Merit (99-1); #22 Moonlight (99-1); #23 Mystik Dan (80-1); #24 Nash (20-1); #25 Nutella Fella (50-1); #26 Otto the Conqueror (99-1); #27 Parchment Party (99-1); #28 Private Desire (99-1); #29 Real Men Violin (99-1); #30 Risk It (50-1); #31 Sierra Leone (80-1); #32 Stolen Magic (99-1); #33 Stretch Ride (80-1); #34 Stronghold (99-1); #35 The Wine Steward (60-1); #36 Timberlake (40-1); #37 West Saratoga (99-1); #38 Where’s Chris (80-1); #39 “All Fillies from the 2021 Foal Crop” (80-1); and #40 “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2021 Foal Crop” (4-5).

Fans will have the opportunity to see several of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 entrants run Saturday at Churchill Downs for Stars of Tomorrow II which features exclusively 2-year-old races. The featured event is the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII), worth 10 points to the winning horse on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

In the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, horses sired by Into Mischief were made favorite. To date, some of Into Mischief’s top earners (through Nov. 16) are Timberlake ($475,000), Mirhamadi ($89,840) and Spirit Mischief ($68,575).

Here is the complete field for the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager with morning line odds: #1 American Pharoah (40-1); #2 Arrogate (25-1); #3 Audible (50-1); #4 Bernardini (80-1); #5 Bolt d’Oro (20-1); #6 Cairo Prince (50-1); #7 Candy Ride (ARG) (30-1); #8 City of Light (30-1); #9 Classic Empire (99-1); #10 Constitution (60-1); #11 Curlin (15-1); #12 Flameaway (90-1); #13 Ghostzapper (20-1); #14 Good Magic (30-1); #15 Gun Runner (15-1); #16 Hard Spun (50-1); #17 Into Mischief (8-1); #18 Justify (15-1); #19 Liam’s Map (50-1); #20 Malibu Moon (99-1); #21 Maximus Mischief (99-1); #22 Medaglia d’Oro (80-1); #23 Mitole (80-1); #24 More Than Ready (99-1); #25 Munnings (80-1); #26 Not This Time (50-1); #27 Nyquist (80-1); #28 Omaha Beach (80-1); #29 Practical Joke (30-1); #30 Quality Road (50-1); #31 Runhappy (20-1); #32 Speightstown (80-1); #33 Street Sense (50-1); #34 Tapit (20-1); #35 Uncle Mo (25-1); #36 Union Rags (99-1); #37 Vino Rosso (80-1); #38 Violence (25-1); #39 War Front (99-1); #40 All Other Sires (6-1).

All told, there are six Future Wager pools scheduled in advance of the 2023 Kentucky Derby: Pool 1 ran 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); and April 4-April 6 (Pool 6). 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 or Kentucky Derby Sire 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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