Sunday, March 24, 2013
Field tops Derby Future Pool 3
By Steve Haskin Bloodhorse
Verrazano was the favored individual horse in the final of three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools for 2013, but the field entry emerged as the overall pick once again for this year's Run for the Roses.
The field pick, or the "All Others" option, closed at 5-1 to take favoritism over Verrazano, who was 7-1. The field was favored in all three pools this year. It was the heavy 8-5 choice in the Pool 1 and 3-1 in Pool 2.
Tampa Bay Derby winner Verrazano, unbeaten in three starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, was the top individual horse in all three pools as well. The son of More Than Ready began the day as a slight favorite at 5-1, but edged up slightly by the close of wagering Sunday, March 24, at 6 p.m. EDT.
Wagering in Pool 3 totaled $402,167. Of that total, $266,073 had been wagered to win along with $136,094 in exacta bets.
Unbeaten Vyjack, winner of the Jerome and Gotham Stakes this season, and Holy Bull winner Itsmyluckyday both closed at 10-1, while Withers victor Revolutionary followed at 12-1.
Orb, winner of the Besilu Stables' Fountain of Youth, settled at 13-1, with Robert B. Lewis winner Flashback at 15-1 along with Hear the Ghost, who defeated Flashback in the San Felipe Stakes March 9.
Champion 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby was an 18-1 shot along with Normandy Invasion and Pool 3 newcomer War Academy.
War Academy and Flashback are two of five Pool 3 horses trained by Bob Baffert.
Will Take Charge, another new wagering interest after taking the Rebel Stakes March 16 at Oaklawn Park for trainer D. Wayne Lukad, closed at 19-1.
Information on the Kentucky Derby is available online at the official event website at www.KentuckyDerby.com. The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 4 at Churchill Downs.