Baffert Quintet Takes Action in Derby Future Pool 2


Trainer Bob Baffert had five contenders among the 23 separate betting interests in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert looks locked and loaded for an attempt for an all-time record seventh win in the Run for the Roses, with five of his runners taking action in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

While All Other Three-Year-Olds closed as the 9-5 betting favorite in Pool 2 which ended Sunday, Baffert’s Life Is Good closed as the shortest price among the 23 individual Derby contenders at 7-1.

The son of Into Mischief broke his maiden by 9 ½ lengths at Del Mar in his debut and then came back to win the Sham (G3) at Santa Anita on Jan. 2 to pick up his first Derby points.

Baffert’s other runners in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are the unraced $400,000 Keeneland purchase Bezos (26-1), Jan. 15 debut winner Concert Tour (16-1), the Sham runner-up Medina Spirit (24-1), and the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) winner Spielberg (47-1).

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Spielberg is expected to be entered in Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis (G3) on Saturday which offers up 10-4-2-1 Derby points.

The trainer has won three of the last six editions of the Kentucky Derby including last year with Authentic.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Essential Quality closed at 8-1 in Pool 2, second choice among the 23 separate betting interests. The colt is trained by Brad Cox.

Cox sent out Caddo River to win Friday’s Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park, drawing away to win by 10 ¼ lengths. Next up likely is the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 13. The colt closed at 13-1 in Pool 2 wagering on Sunday.

Check out BUSR for the latest Kentucky Derby odds.

Dates for the remaining 2021 Kentucky Derby future pools are Feb. 12-14 (Pool 3), March 5-7 (Pool 4) and March 26-28 (Pool 5).

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Final Odds

Program # Horse
Final Odds
1 Bezos 26-1
2 Caddo River 13-1
3 Capo Kane 66-1
4 Concert Tour 16-1
5 Essential Quality 8-1
6 Fire At Will 45-1
7 Greatest Honour 40-1
8 Highly Motivated 24-1
9 Hot Rod Charlie 40-1
10 Jackie’s Warrior 23-1
11 Keepmeinmind 19-1
12 Life Is Good 7-1
13 Mandaloun 42-1
14 Medina Spirit 24-1
15 Midnight Bourbon 26-1
16 Mutasaabeq 47-1
17 Olympiad 64-1
18 Prate 48-1
19 Prime Factor 21-1
20 Proxy 76-1
21 Senor Buscador 34-1
22 Spielberg 47-1
23 Wipe the Slate 87-1
24 All Other Three Year Olds 9-5

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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