By Dick Downey
Without NYRA's participation, Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager came to a close at 6:00 p.m. today with total handle of $380,249, well short of the total in last year's comparable pool, a near-record $621,493.
Bettors dependent on the New York Racing Association for making wagers on the pool were shut out. NYRA didn't accept bets on the wager in the midst of a simulcast contract dispute with Churchill Downs.
Several things were different about this year's February pool of the Derby Future Wager. Its Thursday-through-Saturday schedule is a departure from the last several years, when the pools have run from Friday through Sunday. It was the second pool for the 2014 Kentucky Derby -- a November pool having been offered -- while in past years the first pool has been in February. Just before Pool 2 opened, Churchill Downs announced that it's not offering its very popular Road to the Roses fantasy contest this year.
The November pool handled $273,174, making the total for the first two pools $650,423, about $32,000 more than Pool 1 handled in 2013.
That leaves two more Future Wager pools before the Kentucky Derby, both of which will also run Thursday to Saturday. The first one comes up quickly, Feb. 27 to March 1, and the final one runs March 27 to March 29.
As always, the field is favored. All Others closed at 3-2, compared to 8-5 at the same time in 2013.
Individual favorites were Honor Code (12-1), Cairo Prince (13-1), Top Billing (13-1), Shared Belief (14-1), Strong Mandate (17-1), Midnight Hawk (19-1), Commissioner (22-1), Indianapolis (26-1), Havana (28-1) and Conquest Titan (29-1).
Complete odds for individuals:
1-Bobby's Kitten, 46-1; 2-Cairo Prince, 13-1; 3-California Chrome, 30-1; 4-Candy Boy, 32-1; 5-Commissioner, 22-1; 6-Conquest Titan, 29-1; 7-Havana, 28-1; 8-Honor Code, 12-1; 9-Indianapolis, 26-1; 10-Intense Holiday, 69-1; 11-Kristo, 76-1; 12-Matterhorn, 64-1; 13-Midnight Hawk, 19-1; 14-Noble Moon, 48-1; 15-Rise Up, 47-1; 16-Samraat, 30-1; 17-Shared Belief, 14-1; 18-Strong Mandate, 17-1; 19-Tapiture, 39-1; 20-Tonalist, 48-1; 21-Top Billing, 13-1; 22-Uncle Sigh, 73-1; 23-Vicar's in Trouble, 42-1; 24-All Other 3-year-olds, 3-2.
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