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Churchill Downs has set the dates for its trio of three-day betting pools for its 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") and a single pool for the historic track's Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW").
Dates for the pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is now in its 14th year, are:
Wagering on each of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools will open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday and close on Sunday at 6 p.m. The KDFW Pools will feature both win and exacta wagering.
The single three-day pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, now in its tenth year, is scheduled for March 1-3 and will run concurrent to Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Betting on the KOFW pool will open at noon on Friday and is set to conclude on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the conclusion of betting on the accompanying Kentucky Derby Future pool. The Kentucky Oaks Future Pool will also offer win and exacta wagering.
The wagers provide fans of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks opportunities to bet on potential competitors in those great American races at odds that could be considerably more attractive than those available on the days on which the respective races are run. Winning mutuel payouts on both wagers are determined by the odds that are in place at the conclusion of each respective betting pool.
"We were very encouraged by the strength of our Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools in 2012, and our 2013 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future bet schedules were formulated along those same lines," said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery. "We think and hope that there will be continued growth in interest in both races as racing fans of all types and skill levels follow the new point systems for the 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' and 'Road to the Kentucky Oaks' that will for the first time determine which horses will compete in those races. We believe that the curiosity about the new Derby and Oaks eligibility systems could shine a brighter-than-usual spotlight on the preps leading up to both races and both Future Wagers could benefit from growing fan interest and expanded media coverage."
The 139th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), America's greatest race and the 1 1/4-mile first jewel of the coveted Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, is scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs. The $1 million-guaranteed Kentucky Oaks, the nation's top prize for 3-year-old fillies, will be run on Friday, May 3, the eve of the Derby. Like the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks has been contested annually since 1875 and its 2013 renewal will mark the 139th consecutive year that the 1 1/8-mile "Derby for Fillies" has been run beneath the track's historic Twin Spires.
Both the KDFW and KOFW pools consist of 24 wagering interests that include 23 individual horses and a mutuel field, or "all others" interest. In the Kentucky Derby wager, the mutuel field is made up of all other 3-year-olds - including fillies. The mutuel field in the Kentucky Oaks bet consists of all other 3-year-old fillies.
All bets in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are $2 minimum wagers. No refund will be made on any wager placed during the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future pools. If it is determined during an individual pool that any of the individual betting interests has suffered an illness, injury or other circumstance that would prevent that horse from competing in either race, wagering on that betting interest will be suspended immediately.
Wagering on the Derby and Oaks Future wagers is available through TwinSpires.com and other advance deposit wagering platforms and at racetracks and simulcast centers throughout North America.
Wagering interests for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools will be announced on the Wednesday prior to the Friday start of each pool. Real-time odds and other information on the KDFW will be available at the official event Web site at www.KentuckyDerby.com, and information on the KOFW will be available at www.KentuckyOaks.com.
I'll Have Another's win in the 2012 Kentucky Derby paid $32.60 for a $2 wager on race day. In the Future Wager, his $2 win payouts were $60.20 in Pool 1, $46.20 in Pool 2 and $45.60 in Pool 3. Exacta payouts on the I'll Have Another-Bodemeister 1-2 finish returned $306.60 on Derby Day, while the KDFW exacta returned $257.80 on Pool 1 (a 13-24 exacta in which Bodemeister was a member of the "All Others" mutuel field), $1,661 in Pool 2 (12-3) and $1,351.40 in Pool 3 (10-2).
Eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can returned $29.60 for a $2 win bet on the 2012 Kentucky Oaks and the exacta with runner-up Broadway's Alibi (9-6) paid $173. Believe You Can's mutuel payout in the lone 2012 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool was $74.80 and the 4-24 exacta combination with runner-up Broadway's Alibi (a member of the KOFW mutuel field) returned $378.40.
Full results for all three pools of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager can be viewed here and for the single 2012 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool here.
You may also want to participate in Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby fantasy stable contest the Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge. The contest will open for entries soon and the first scoring races are in February.
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