Sackatoga Stable’s promising three-year-old colt Tiz the Law, who scored a three-length victory in last Saturday’s $250,000 Holy Bull (Grade III) was made the 8-1 individual morning line favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) but “All Other 3-Year-olds” is expected to be the overall preference when betting concludes Sunday.
Veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia has installed “All Other 3-Year-Olds” as the 5-2 early choice in the field of 24 betting interests for the three-day pool, which opens Friday at noon (all times Eastern) and concludes Sunday at 6 p.m. The pari-mutuel field for the first pool of the New Year has closed as the bettors’ choice every year since the wager was inaugurated in 1999, and the final odds were 5-2 each of the last five years.
Tiz the Law, campaigned by the same team who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide, garnered much attention as a 2-year-old following his impressive four-length victory in the $500,000 Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park. The colt by Constitution closed as the individual betting favorite in Pool 1 of the KDFW at odds of 11-1.
Independence Hall Goes in Sam F. Davis
Also expected to take money in Pool 2 is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Robert and Kathleen Verratti’s undefeated colt Independence Hall (10-1), who is scheduled to make his next start in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs. The highly-regarded colt captured the $150,000 Jerome (Listed) and $150,000 Nashua (GIII) in his two previous starts.
Five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert has a trio of contenders in Pool 2: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding and Golconda Stables’ striking 7 ¼-length Sham (GIII) winner Authentic (30-1); George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen’s eye-catching maiden winner Nadal (12-1); and Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s undefeated colt Thousand Words (15-1), who captured the $100,000 Robert B. Lewis (GIII) last Saturday at Santa Anita.
Overall, there are 10 new betting interests in Pool 2 including John Oxley’s $200,000 Lecomte (GIII) winner Enforceable (30-1), Mike McCarty’s $150,000 Smarty Jones winner Gold Street (30-1) and debut winner Nadal.
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 Field
(with trainer and morning line odds):
#1 Anneau d’Or (Blaine Wright, 30-1)
#2 Authentic (Baffert, 15-1)
#3 Basin (Steve Asmussen, 30-1)
#4 Chance It (Saffie Joseph Jr., 30-1)
#5 Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans, 12-1)
#6 Enforceable (Mark Casse, 30-1)
#7 Exaulted (Peter Eurton, 50-1)
#8 Gold Street (Asmussen, 30-1)
#9 Gouverneur Morris (Todd Pletcher, 30-1)
#10 Honor A. P. (John Shirreffs, 30-1)
#11 Independence Hall (Mike Trombetta, 10-1)
#12 Max Player (Linda Rice, 20-1)
#13 Maxfield (Brendan Walsh, 15-1)
#14 Nadal (Baffert, 12-1)
#15 Palm Springs (Pletcher, 50-1)
#16 Premier Star (Jorge Navarro, 50-1)
#17 Silver State (Asmussen, 50-1)
#18 Storm the Court (Eurton, 30-1)
#19 Structor (Chad Brown, 30-1)
#20 Thousand Words (Baffert, 15-1)
#21 Three Technique (Jeremiah Englehart, 50-1)
#22 Tiz the Law (Barclay Tagg, 8-1)
#23 Violent City (Ian Wilkes, 50-1)
#24 All Other 3-Year-Olds (5-2)
The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, provide fans of Thoroughbred racing with opportunities to place bets on possible entrants in the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) at odds that could be far greater than those available on the day of the race. The 146th running of Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race and the first leg of the Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Total handle for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on Nov. 28-Dec. 1 was a record $350,312 ($284,317 in the Win pool and #65,995 in Exactas). “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the even-money favorite.