Florida Derby (G1) winner Tiz the Law and unbeaten Rebel (G2) hero Nadal will prove popular among individual betting interests, and the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” is expected to close as the favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which kicks off its three-day run on Friday and closes Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
On March 17, Churchill Downs officials announced the Kentucky Derby would be rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5 amid public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first time since 1945 the Kentucky Derby won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.
More races will be added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series that determines eligibility for the 20-horse field, and Churchill Downs has been working with other tracks to determine various paths that enable the horses in the best form to compete. An updated schedule of races will be announced in the coming weeks as separate discussions with state and local governments and all appropriate parties to determine the most suitable time to conduct those races continue.
Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed “All Other 3-Year-Olds” as the 5-2 morning line for KDFW Pool 4.
Tiz the Law and Nadal come next at 6-1. Nadal is one of four KDFW individual horses conditioned by Hall of Fame and five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert. The others are Authentic, Charlatan and Thousand Words.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, and provides fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the Kentucky Derby at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race.
Bets for the KDFW can be placed on TwinSpires.com and other online wagering outlets across North America. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Should Churchill Downs officials determine during the duration of the three-day pool that one of the wagering interests has experienced an injury, illness or other circumstance that would prevent the horse from participating in the Kentucky Derby, betting on the individual horse will be suspended immediately.
Following the announcement of the rescheduled Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs officials said it will continue to honor all bets made in the previous future wager pools.
“We took into account precedents and how other sports betting outlets handle similar wagers on future sporting events such as the NBA,” Churchill Downs Racetrack spokesperson Darren Rogers said. “The final consensus is all bets are ‘action’ as long as a winner is declared in 2020. The majority of tickets possessed have promising prospects and high potential. At the time of the rescheduling of the Derby, more than 75-percent of the money in the three Win pools of the previous Future Wagers was on well-meant horses within many Top 20 lists.”
In addition to this week’s Pool 4, Churchill Downs received permission from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to host additional KDFW pools this summer. The dates are pending.
|5. Ete Indien||20-1|
|7. Gouverneur Morris||30-1|
|8. Honor A. P.||12-1|
|9. King Guillermo||20-1|
|10. Major Fed||50-1|
|11. Max Player||50-1|
|13. Mischevious Alex||30-1|
|16. Ny Traffic||50-1|
|18. Sole Volante||30-1|
|19. Storm the Court||50-1|
|20. Thousand Words||30-1|
|21. Three Technique||50-1|
|22. Tiz the Law||6-1|
|23. Wells Bayou||30-1|
|24. All Other 3-Year-Olds||5-2|
More information and real-time odds are available online at www.kentuckyderby.com/futurewager.