Kentucky Derby Future Betting: American Pharoah Early Favorite

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red is at odds of 16-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

The Bob Baffert trained American Pharoah is the early betting favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby at 11-1 in odds released by the Wynn Las Vegas Race & Sportsbook.

The ridgling would have been the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, but was forced to scratch just days before the race due to deep bruise in his left front foot.

Fifth in his debut at Del Mar, the $300,000 purchase broke his maiden winning the Del mar Futurity  (G1) at seven furlongs, and then won the Frontrunner (G1) at Santa Anita in his first start on conventional dirt.

Texas Red is down to 16-1 after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in an upset, the colt returning his backers $29.80.

The son of Afleet Alex broke his maiden in his third career start, and then ran third in the Frontrunner. The colt went from last to first with a good late run to win the Juvenile.

The only horse to win both the Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby was Street Sense in 2007.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner up Carpe Diem is listed at 20-1 in Kentucky Derby future odds. The Todd Pletcher trainee was sent off as the 9-5 betting favorite in the Juvenile but finished 6 ½ lengths behind Texas Red.

The colt won his first two career starts, breaking his maiden in his debut at Saratoga and then wining the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in hi stakes debut and first trip around two turns.

Pletcher also has a major contender in Blofeld, who is currently at Derby betting odds of 30-1. The colt is perfect in three starts, breaking his maiden and then winning the Futurity (G2) at Belmont Park and the Nashua (G2) at Aqueduct.

Future Wager dates for the Kentucky Derby

KDFW Pool 1: Nov. 28 through Nov. 30

KDFW Pool 2: Feb. 6 through Feb. 8

KDFW Pool 3: Feb. 27 through March 1

KDFW Pool 4: March 27 through March 29

Each pool will be open for three days starting on a Friday at noon (ET) and closing on a Sunday at 6 p.m.

The Kentucky Oaks Future Wager for three-year-old fillies will run concurrently with KDFW Pool 3 from Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1, but will close a half-hour later at 6:30 p.m. The 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for three-year-old fillies at 1-1/8 miles goes May 1.

Click here for a full list of 2015 Kentucky Derby betting odds.


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