McCraken, Gunnevera Lead Morning Line
McCraken (6-1) and Gunnevera (6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) starting Friday.
There’s a four-way tie for third choice at 10-1 between KDFW newcomer J Boys Echo, unbeaten Southwest winner One Liner, Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit and the always-popular Mutuel Field. The latter includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual horses listed on the Pool 4 betting roster.
The co-favorites have been wagering interests in each of three previous 2017 KDFW pools. McCraken’s closing odds in the previous pools were 12-1 (Pool 1), 9-1 (P2) and 6-1 (P3). Gunnevera’s final odds were 22-1 (P1), 24-1 (P2) and 22-1 (P3). The “All Others” interest closed as the favorite in each of the previous 2017 pools.
Betting is set to open at noon (all times EDT) on Friday and continue through Sunday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. The wager, offered annually to Kentucky Derby fans since 1999, will be available at racetracks and satellite wagering facilities throughout North America and online at TwinSpires.com and other internet wagering platforms.
The KDFW offers $2 minimum win wagering on 24 betting interests that include 23 individual horses and the Mutuel Field, which includes all other 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. Each pool also offers $2 exacta wagering on the 24 wagering interests, with the latter also available in $1 minimum increments in boxes and other multiple number configurations.
Total betting in the three 2017 KDFW pools – including both win and exacta pools – stands at $925,197.
The final KDFW pool features six horses that are listed for the first time and five individuals trained by Todd Pletcher.
Leading the Pool 5 newcomers is J Boys Echo, the Dale Romans-trained winner of Aqueduct’s Gotham, and Thunder Snow (Ire) (15-1), the Dubai-based winner of last week’s $2 million UAE Derby. The others are Gotham runner-up Cloud Computing (15-1); Risen Star winner Girvin (30-1), and Battle of Midway (50-1) and Reach the World (50-1), the one-two finishers in a recent Santa Anita allowance race.
The Pletcher-trained quintet is One Liner, Tapwrit, Battalion Runner (30-1), Malagacy (30-1) and Always Dreaming (50-1).
The official rules of the KDFW prohibit scratches or refunds. Should Churchill Downs determine that a wagering interest has encountered an injury, illness or other circumstance would prohibit that horse from competing in the 2017 Kentucky Derby, wagering on the individual will be immediately suspended.
Edited Churchill Downs release