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Churchill Downs has set the dates for its three-day betting pools for its 2023 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") and lone pool for the historic track's Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW"). In past years there were four Derby pools and one Oaks pool, in 2020 (due to the Derby being postponed to September) there were seven for the Derby and two for the Oaks, and in 2022 there were five pools for the Derby plus one pool for the Oaks. 2023 will have six pools for the Derby and one for the Oaks, and also, 40 betting interests per pool, up from the original 24. Note that any horses currently trained by Bob Baffert (or any other trainer under suspension) are excluded from the Future Wager (but are included in the mutuel fields) and cannot earn points toward entering the Derby. If they change trainers, then they can start earning points and may be included as individual betting interests in later pools.
Dates for the pools for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is now in its 22nd year, are:
Wagering on each of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools will open at noon (all times Eastern) of the first day and close at 6PM on the last day (Pools 2-5 all close on Sundays, while Pool 1 closed on a Thursday and Pool 6 closes on a Saturday). The KDFW Pools will feature both win and exacta wagering.
The three-day pool for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is scheduled for March 10-12 and will run concurrent to Pool 5 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 6pm.
The wagers provide fans of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks opportunities to bet on potential competitors in these 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.
The 149th running of the $3 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), 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 6 at Churchill Downs. The $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), the nation's top prize for 3-year-old fillies, will be run on Friday, May 5, the eve of the Derby. Like the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks has been contested annually since 1875 and its 2023 renewal will mark the 149th 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 40 wagering interests. In the earlier pools of the Kentucky Derby wager, there will be two mutuel fields, the #39 entry is for all 3-year-old fillies, while the #40 is for all other 3-year-old colts and geldings. As in the past, 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, win and exacta only. 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 2023 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future pools will be announced on the Tuesday prior to the Thursday 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.
Rich Strike wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby
Rich Strike's triumph in the 2022 Kentucky Derby paid $163.60 for a $2 wager on race day, as the second highest payout in the race's history. However, in the Future Wager he was in the mutuel field in all 5 pools, paying $3.40 in Pool 1, $5.80 in Pool 2, $6.00 in Pool 3, $10.40 in Pool 4, and $39.00 in Pool 5.
Eventual 2022 Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath returned $10.80 for a $2 win bet on race day, however she paid $9.80 in the lone Oaks Future Wager pool.
Full results for all five pools of the 2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager can be viewed here.
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