The Kentucky Derby Futures Wager (KDFW) has released the results of its first pool, which ran over the weekend and closed on November 27th. Classic Empire has emerged as the favorite with 6/1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby in May 2017. The now two-year-old colt and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile generated $17,904 in action, leading all individual contenders.
I say “individual” because the entry that garnered the most attention was actually the field, which is listed at 6/5. A total of $60,335 was wagered on an unnamed contender who wasn’t named along with the 22 others in Pool 1 of the KDFW. The total amount wagered was $162,870.
Mastery came in as the second best in the KDFW. The Bob Baffert disciple will run in the Los Alamitos Futurity on December 10th. Mastery received $11,617 in action, which is credited to his defiant Bob Hope Stakes victory earlier this season. His mark is 10/1 in the KDFW.
Two horses are carrying 12/1 odds as the third overall choices in the KDFW. This pair combined for just over $19,951 after big performances this past Saturday. The first was McCraken, who won the Street Sense and the Kentucky Jockey Club Gold. The second is Mo Town, a two-year-old son of Uncle Mo and half-brother to Nyquist, won the Remsen at Aqueduct and continued to surge along the derby trail.
The numbers in the opening pool of the KDFW seem to suggest that Classic Empire is a bit of a runaway favorite. You can view them for yourself here.
Not This Time was scratched from the KDFW due to a soft tissue injury that has caused him to retire quite young. It’s truly a shame as trainer Dale Romans referred to the juvenile as one of the best he’s ever seen.
The second pool for the KDFW will open on January 27th, 2017 and close on January 29th, 2017.