The Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Other Three-Year-Olds,” closed as the 5-2 favorite when Pool 2 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended Sunday evening. The Field has been favored in each of the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools of the calendar year since the pari-mutuel future bet was introduced in 1999.
Among the individual interests, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire (#3) proved the most popular when bet down to 5-1.
Two others closed at single-digit odds – Mastery (#13) and McCraken (#13). The former is unbeaten in three starts thus far, including scores in the CashCall Futurity (G1) and Bob Hope Stakes (G3). McCraken also boasts a three-for-three mark, all of which came at Churchill Downs including the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) and Street Sense Stakes.
A total of $18,160 was wagered on the Bob Baffert-trained Mastery, while $18,105 was bet on trainer Ian Wilkes’ McCraken.
The third of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools is scheduled for February 24-26.
A total of $330,042 was wagered in Pool 2, including $102,162 in exacta wagering.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager provides racing fans with the opportunity to wager on contenders for the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of America’s greatest race. Payouts in the win and exacta wagering in Pool 2 were determined by the odds in place at Sunday’s conclusion of wagering.
The Future Wager offers $2 minimum win wagering on 24 betting interests that include 23 individual horses and the Mutuel Field, which includes all three-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the individual wagering interests in a respective pool. 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.
More information on the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is available at KentuckyDerby.com. The third of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools is scheduled for February 24-26.
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