Horse Racing Picks

LOUISVILLE, KY – Seven horses conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day.

Unbeaten Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Game Winner heads the Baffert arsenal and is the 8-1 individual favorite on veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia’s morning line. The pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” is expected to be the overall first-pool favorite for the 21st consecutive year and Battaglia projects it to close as the 7-5 choice.

In addition to Game Winner, the impressive roster of Baffert-trained juveniles include flashy winners Improbable (10-1), Coliseum (15-1), Mucho Gusto (20-1), Magic On Tap (30-1), Roadster (30-1) and Tale of the Union (30-1).

Improbable, the runaway winner of the $100,000 Street Sense at Churchill Downs, and the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Instagrand, who won both of his starts by a combined 20 ¼ lengths before being shut down for the year, are the co-second betting choices at odds of 10-1.

1Cairo Cat3059$2,54659.40$120.80
2Code of Honor2018$7,79618.70$39.40
5Epic Dreamer5088$1,72088.40$178.80
6Game Winner85$22,0225.90$13.80
7Gunmetal Gray3076$1,99776.00$154.00
10King for a Day5053$2,81053.70$109.40
11Knicks Go2044$3,37144.60$91.20
12Magic on Tap3043$3,44543.60$89.20
13Maximus Mischief3026$5,57326.60$55.20
15Mucho Gusto2047$3,14347.90$97.80
16Network Effect3059$2,55159.30$120.60
20Tale of the Union3046$3,22246.70$95.40
21Uncle Benny5053$2,80253.90$109.80
23All 3-Year-Old Fillies3066$2,27666.50$135.00
24Mutuel Field (All Others)7-56-5$65,5561.30$4.60

Updated 11/25/18 after closed

New to Pool 1 this year is an option for bettors to wager on “All 3-Year-Old Fillies,” which is projected by Battaglia to close at odds of 30-1.

The pool, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, opens Thursday and will close Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be offered concurrently with the fourth annual Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which provides bettors with a unique opportunity to wager on select breeding stars and their entire crop of juveniles with the hope of winning next year’s Kentucky Derby. Are you ready to bet the Kentucky Derby online?

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Source: Churchill Downs