Future Wager Pool 3 This Weekend

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All Others is the 3-1 favorite in Churchill Downs’ handicapper Mike Battaglia’s morning line for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.

Bob Baffert appears to be in an enviable spot with nine weeks remaining before Kentucky Derby 141 as he conditions both of the 8-1 co-second choices in Pool 3: American Pharoah and Dortmund.

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Dortmund has run off four wins since his Nov. 2 racing debut that include the Los Alamitos Futurity and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. American Pharoah is among the wagering interests with more questions to answer. He has not raced since Sept. 27, when he rolled to victory in the FrontRunner Stakess. American Pharoah is training toward a planned return to racing in the Rebel Stakes on March 14 at Oaklawn Park.

A major player in Pool 3 with  a recent question mark added to his resume is Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner. Texas Red. He was the 9-1 favored individual horse in early February’s Pool 2 and made his 3-year-old debut in a strong runner-up finish to Nelson, also in Pool 3 and trained by Baffert, in the  San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1. However, Texas Red came up with a foot abscess following that race. Trainer and co-owner Keith Desormeaux has the Santa Anita Derby as Texas Red's next target. Battaglia placed his Pool 3 odds at 12-1.

Pool 3 of the Derby Future Wager will run concurrent to the only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool of 2015. Wagering on both pools is set to open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday, Feb. 27. Betting on the Kentucky Derby pool will close at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the Kentucky Oaks pool will close at 6:30 p.m.

Todd Pletcher has five of the 23 individual horses on the roster: Carpe Diem, Daredevil, Far From Over, Itsaknockout and Khozan. The latter two horses last weekend won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and a Gulfstream Park allowance race, respectively.

Another horse expected to attract strong support is Upstart, disqualified from first to second in the Fountain of Youth. Another New York-bred star likely to garner increased support in the pool is International Star, who won the Risen Star on Saturday after winning the Lecomte in his previous outing.

Other prominent players include Ocean Knight, Ocho Ocho Ocho and Far Right. The latter horse won the Southwest Stakes on Sunday and previously won the Smarty Jones Stakes.

Pool 3 wagering interests that were not a part of Pool 2 include Bolo, winner of the Eddie Logan on turf at Santa Anita; recent maiden winner Danzig Moon; Withers Stakes winner Far From Over; War Story, runner-up to both Far Right in the Smarty Jones and International Star in the Risen Star; and Keen Ice, third in the Risen Star.

Wagering interests for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager were chosen by Churchill Downs committee that included Racing Secretary Ben Huffman, Senior Director of Communications and Media Services Darren Rogers, Director of Programming and Senior Racing Analyst Jill Byrne, Player Services Manager Gary Palmisano and Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher.

After the closing of KDFW Pool 3, one Derby Futures pool will remain on the schedule. It's set to run March 27 through March 29.

No scratches or betting refunds are permitted in the Kentucky Derby Future wager, but betting will be suspended immediately on a wagering interest in any KDFW pool if Churchill Downs determines that injury, illness or other circumstance revealed during a pool would prevent a horse from competing in the race.

Wagering was brisk in the second KDFW pool that ran from Feb. 6-8. A total of $448,598 in win and exacta wagers was placed during the three days of betting, which was an 18 percent increase in betting from the same pool in 2014.

Total wagering in the earlier two pools of this year stands at $683,172. Total betting in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, the first to feature four wagering pools, was $1,324,466.

Links at The Downey Profile for Pool 3 real-time odds will be posted.

By Dick Downey with content from Churchill Downs release